Sunday 13th Work

Surveying the south hillside

With a wet start in the very early morning, the day turned into magnificent warm sunshine at Eaton Camp.  It was possible to watch the mating rituals of mallard ducks in the River Wye and imagine that the builders of Eaton Camp saw the very same scene more than 2,000 years ago.

The volunteers of the day all said how much they enjoyed the work.  Chris Atkinson called them his “well oiled machine” as they became more and more proficient at taking distance and degree readings from the survey equipment and plotting them on our detailed map.

Tony McVeigh & Ron Smith, the man with the surveying rod

There seemed to be quite a bit of laughter as well as work going on. It’s interesting that our volunteers all seem to respond to the beauty and peace of Eaton Camp.  It’s easy to understand how Iron Age people could choose this site to live, gather, and perhaps practice their religion.  We may find through our work that it was used for other purposes, but today there is definitely an aura of tranquility, not stress and warfare.

Nancy Saldana

Eaton Camp Historical Society

supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund

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