The excavations which have been taking place in Ipplepen the past month have now drawn to a close. The archaeological investigations will continue at Ipplepen next year.Much progress has been made for our understanding of this archaeological site. As well as some serious digging, recording and blogging, many fond memories have been created by all those who have taken part in the project, including students from the University of Exeter, Earthwatch volunteers, local volunteers from Ipplepen and professional archaeologists Marc, Ben, Sean and Mike who were responsible for the supervision and interpretation of the site. Many thanks go to Marc, Site Director and Director of Oakford Archaeology, Ben, Site Supervisor and Archaeological Specialist, Sean and Mike, Experimental Officers from the University of Exeter, Danielle Wootton, Finds Liason Officer for the Portable Antiquities Scheme, Dr Ioana Oltean and Dr Martin Pitts, lecturers from the University of Exeter, Bill Horner, County Archaeologist for Devon County Council and Sam Moorhead, National Adviser for Iron Age and Roman Coins at the British Museum. A vote of thanks must also be passed on to the University of Exeter Annual Fund and Earthwatch whose financial support made this archaeological project possible. We would like to thank the public for their great enthusiasm for the project, the villagers at Ipplepen for their kind hospitality, and finally, our local heroes, Jim and Dennis who discovered the site in 2007.
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Dr Martin Pitts, Ceramics specialist and lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter, visited the site today to oversee the progress of excavations and the Site Open Day.
Archaeology students were kept busy all day entertaining the public with detailed tours of the excavation site. The public were invited to the open day today before excavations at the site draw to a close this weekend.
Local villager Barry also dressed up as a Roman solider whilst visiting the information point at the Hub today! Over 100 members of the public visited the information point today before being directed on to the excavation site for a tour by the archaeology students.
This image is a record of one of the Roman coins found near the excavation site by metal detectorist Dennis, who discovered the entire archaeological site along with fellow metal detectorist Jim in 2007.
Archaeology students Ben and Vicky record a pottery sherd which is possibly a local imitation of Roman Samian ware pottery. This is an interesting development in understanding how the natives were interacting with the Romans in this area.
Archaeology students led members of the public in small groups for a tour of the excavation site.
The Site Open Day received many local villagers including Barry who arrived in costume at the site and information point! Barry has also contributed his time and work at the site as a volunteer in recent weeks.
Archaeology students created a rota in preparation for the Site Open Day this morning. Archaeology student Alison exclaimed, “we are ready for the crowds!” Over 200 people visited the excavation site today.
Archaeology student Nick captured this view of the site this morning in preparation for the Site Open Day to the public.