- The first period building at the Dunghaven encampment
has begun. The Tavern site was cleared of vegetation,
painstakingly marked out, and the holes for the uprights
have been started.
Danelaw" doubles in Size - When we first
bought The Danelaw in May 2003, we undertook what we thought
was a thorough and accurate walk around the property to
identify suitable areas for Re-enactment activities and
to identify the property boundaries. In our first few
months of ownership, we took a bulky and obsolete GPS
out with us (Accurate to 100m) into the wetlands and towards
the remote northern boundary to help us get an accurate
picture of what the property contained and where it extended
to. Unfortunately, on the day we had the GPS out, a thick
fog rolled in, and although we were able to confidently
say that we had found some of the northern boundary points,
we could not see past 10m away most of the time so the
landmarks that we identified were somewhat of a guess.
Occasionally the fog would part to give us a fleeting,
narrow corridor of visibility through which we would take
a compass bearing and distance estimate to attempt to
identify the distant tree line or other visible landmark.
At one stage, had it not been for the GPS, we would not
have found our way out the swamp (The Dead Marshes).
then, whilst working on different projects on site, we
had begun to question the landmarks that we were so certain
we had identified. A number of our members have been boldly
going where no man has gone before to find the property
boundaries to the north once more. They have returned
exhausted and beaten. Either their orienteering skills
are completely out of whack or the property is actually
a whole lot larger than we thought.
"The Danelaw" is still 120 acres in total, but
the landmarks that we thought were near the northern western
boundary have turned out to be three quarters of the way
towards the southern eastern boundary. If this is right,
then the The Danelaw is actually 2-3 times larger than
we may have pointed out to visitors on site.
weekend, using a more accurate GPS (~5m) we confirmed
that our original landmarks were way off, that the property
extends more then twice as far as we originally thought
and that less than half of the property has been explored
at all. As it stands there are 63 acres out of 120 that
have not been visited by Danelaw or by any other of our
visitors. The explorers have so far discovered new "islands
and headlands" out into the wetlands that we previously
did not know existed and that are much further away than
we originally thought the property extended.
to the Dunghaven Encampment, we have been using the GPS
to mark the existing features and paths. Once again, these
do not extend as far across the property as we first thought.
here to see the
updated map of "The Danelaw".