The 2017 season of excavation at Ipplepen is well underway, and you can take a look at this exciting site for yourself on Sunday 25 June!
Settlement here was at first thought to be Roman in date, but recent radiocarbon analysis indicates occupation over a much longer timespan, starting in the 4th century BC and lasting for more than a thousand years. Excavations, prompted by metal-detector finds and a DCC-funded geophysical survey, have previously revealed where people lived and where they buried their dead. This year the remains of a granary and metal working debris provide evidence for how they were earning a living through agriculture and industry. Roman pottery found during the excavations suggests these people had a taste for exotic food and drink, some of it imported from France and the Mediterranean.
The open day is free and runs from 10.30am to 3.30pm:
- There will be guided tours of the excavation and chance to see the latest finds
- Leading coin expert Dr Sam Moorhead from the British Museum will be on hand as well as stalls run by Devon County Council’s Historic Environment team and Torquay Museum
- Children’s activities include the chance to meet a Roman, thanks to re-enactment group the Isca Romans
- Refreshments will be available
Directions to the site will be signposted on the day from Ipplepen on the A381 Newton Abbot to Totnes road.
Further details can be found at: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/research/title_590092_en.html
Daily reports appear on the project’s blog: http://ipplepen.exeter.ac.uk/