In collaboration with Earthwatch

Be among the first in two millennia to see new evidence of Rome’s presence as you excavate this promising site. The Celts called the area Dumnonia, and you’ll help discover how the Romans interacted with the Dumnonian people and what life was like in ancient Britain’s southwest.

The discovery of this Romano-British settlement is of tremendous importance. The settlement is the largest discovered in the county to date and detected structures hint at native roundhouses, enclosures, a Roman road and other structures. At present, there is nothing comparable to the site in Devon, or even the western peninsula, and research will significantly contribute to our understanding of life in the Romano-British world on the edges of the Roman Empire. This is your opportunity to be one of the first to conduct fieldwork here, helping further understand the nature, date, and extent of the site.

Join us in excavating and recording finds, which may include pottery, coins, tools, and other Romano-British objects. Help us clean archaeological features; and assist in making section drawings and plans, taking accurate photographic records and detailed field notes. You’ll also assist with post-excavation analysis.

The data you collect during the excavation will be analysed by Exeter University, and the results published in peer-reviewed journals, shared with local communities, and seen by visitors through presentations, exhibitions and other activities.

In collaboration with the Portable Antiquities Scheme

The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a DCMS funded project to encourage the voluntary recording of archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales. Every year many thousands of objects are discovered, many of these by metal-detector users, but also by people whilst out walking, gardening or going about their daily work. Such discoveries offer an important source for understanding our past.

Danielle Wootton
Finds Liaison Officer – Devon

Department of Archaeology, College of Humanities, University of Exeter Laver Building, North Park Road Exeter Devon EX4 4QE

Work T: +44 (0) 1392 724327
Fax: +44 (0) 1392 421252

Sponsored by The Annual Fund at the University of Exeter

The Annual Fund is the University’s annual appeal which seeks the philanthropic support of its alumni and friends to invest in the University and enhance its status as a world-class institution.

Since the University started telephone fundraising in October 2002, alumni, parents of current students and other friends have donated over £1,000,000. The funds raised are making a huge difference to the students, campus and the surrounding community.


Welcome to the official blog for the Ipplepen Archaeological Project 2012 in conjunction with University of Exeter, Earthwatch, British Museum and the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

The recent discovery of the largest Romano-British settlement in Devon, several miles south-west of Exeter.