On Sunday 22 May we returned to Stockton to continue to get a measure of this huge upland site and learn some basic surveying skills using simple technology (tapes): laying down a base-line across an interesting looking feature, taking offsets and recording break of slope on a 1:100 scale hachured drawing. Although such surveying has of course been overtaken by total stations and, more recently, by satellite technology, the advantage of this basic approach is that we all became better attuned to the nature of the humps and bumps on the site, the main axes of communication through the site and the shape of possible work areas, buildings and other structures. We were also walking in the footsteps of Philip Crocker who produced the first attempt at representing the site on paper, for Colt Hoare, over 200 years ago – with even more basic technology. As one of the volunteers commented, what we were doing was the land equivalent to modern navigators learning to use sea charts even though they have also been replaced by GPS. More than one person also commented on how a drone could also help us interpret the site. Does anyone have access to a drone?
We left Stockton safe in the knowledge that we will be returning in July to deepen our understanding of the site, with a programme of geophysical survey – the University of Winchester providing the expertise.