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Assessing the location...

Maps can be used in a number of different ways with regard to our hobby.  In the initial stages of site location we can try and identify locations where there may have been habitation: flat areas, good defensive positions, good drainage, perhaps on a boundary between Celtic tribes, a clean supply of water, perhaps a Roman road in close proximity, even somewhere with an impressive view could be the site for a dwelling.  It may well be worth while to undertake some field walking expeditions to determine whether any potsherds or other remnants exist.

There is a wealth of information available via old maps, existing Ordnance Survey maps and via Google Earth (or similar).  The following screen shot shows crop- or parch-marks indicating some form of construction under the pasture which may not be readily available at ground level.  A good place to start looking!