Several volunteers have suggested that it would be useful to have some drone images of Stockton. Mike McQueen from Swindon answered our call and, having gained an archaeology MA in early retirement, soon got the measure of this extensive Romano-British site.
The advantages of a drone over classic aerial photography are many: it is much easier to get a drone to the site at short notice when conditions are ideal (shadow, snow-melt, drought, etc.); drones fly at low altitude, plunging camcorded fly-pasts give a dynamic impression of the site and the surrounding landscape. The flight on 22 July did not provide particularly good data because there was too much vegetation on the site and the summer sun was too vertical, but this first flight gave us an idea of the drone’s potential.