Ipplepen: Roman dig proves a hit

Posted on: 11 July 2016

Almost 1,200 people of all ages saw for themselves the latest finds unearthed from a ground-breaking archaeological site which is slowly revealing rural life in Devon over hundreds of years.

This year’s annual Open Day at Ipplepen attracted 1,160 people – up from 930 last year – with £1804 raised in donations. A  further 489 people visited the Hub Visitor Centre.

Following its discovery by responsible metal detectorists, in 2011 the University of Exeter and the British  Museum  began surveying and excavating the site thanks to a Devon County Council-funded geophysical survey

Finds include the existence of a Middle Iron Age roundhouse, a Romano British settlement, part of a Roman road and an early medieval cemetery.

As part of the project a series of public engagement events are hosted each year. These involve working with local schools, hosting the visitor centre and exhibitions and the annual Open Day.Queues for Sam Morrhead open day 2016 resized

Local volunteers also have the chance to participate in the excavation each season. The Ipplepen Archaeological Project’s 2016 fieldwork season began last month and the team have already uncovered archaeological features and significant amounts of imported Roman pottery, along with locally made vessels.

Many of these finds were shown to the visitors at the Open Day.

Bill Horner, the County’s Archaeologist, said: “The excavation is a great example of how academic and professional archaeologists can work closely with local communities and detectorists to find out more about our rich heritage.

“Archaeological work over the past few decades, throughout Devon, has shown just how widespread the impact of the Roman conquest was.

Roman - open day june 2016 resized“But Ipplepen was clearly a very significant place and this year’s finds are really exciting.”

For further information click here.See the project’s blog here.

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