Image Credit: Mike Purslow
Posted by spencer
5th March 2016ce
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These are gorgeous photos Spencer. I'm a bit envious you're out there discovering stuff. It's very motivated behaviour for winter any road. I'd be in complete hibernation if it wasn't for work, pathetic:)
Thanks Carol. The mist was so bad I've had to tweak a touch, but worth the punt. The snow vanished as quickly as it came..phut. I got the moment. What I'm doing is a combination of map and placename study, geology, geography, botany, observation, feeling whats underfoot, bloodymindedness, concentration, the treatment of the historic environment as a whole, ie looking for the settlements that go with the fields and earthworks, the circles and/or stones that very often go with the settlements and the places their dead went..and, yes, stamina. Above all, though, there's time. Fortunate as I am to be self employed in a profession that has a seasonal element, that window is closing rapidly to a crack as my responsibities and opportunities to make a living have to take precedent. I've lost a three figure sum going out on blue sky days recently and henceforth for six days of the week till next Christmas any fieldwork will have to be in foul weather unless I need a break, cerebral recharge or counterpoint - the occasional play to go with the work. It's occured to me that you could do something of equal productivity without leaving your front door by getting OS 'OL' series maps of whatever part of England or Wales you fancy, studying and then looking at lidar via the link in Juamei's January TMA blog, then cross referencing here and the other similar websites. Likewise, map study then looking at Bing, Google Earth etc will bear fruit at some point as well. There's much out there and it all helps. Folk here will doubtless advise about the reporting of finds. I'm going my way, you can go yours : )