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Field Walking

The initial stages of investigation...

The first stage in any on-site study is to field walk the area and try to discover any visible signs of habitation (or the remains of).  These can be a group of finds - potsherds, flint (or lithic) implements, crushed bricks or masonry, roof tiles, mosaics (or tesserae), metal artefacts and so on.  These would then form a 'locus' or a central starting point to work outwards from.

We also use satellite pictures and aerial views via Google Earth, for example, to try and see whether there are hidden foundations or sunken fish ponds etc.