Ipplepen Excavation Open Day 2017

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

    Chris found lots of iron metal working material in ditch in trench 14

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/

Twitter: @IpplepenDig