Archaeology student Emily describes her time at the dig at Ipplepen:
“Participating in the Ipplepen dig this summer has been of real value, it’s been great to have this opportunity as part of my degree course. The dig has enabled me to put into practice the archaeological theory learnt from the last year and also to place the site into the wider Romano-British context. it’s been a varied 3 weeks on site; I have been able to do lots of different tasks from mattocking and shovelling to filling out all the necessary context sheets and doing section drawings. I hadn’t envisaged how excited I would feel at finding a piece of Roman pottery sherd amongst all the soil and shillet! The two pieces of pot I found which fit perfectly together to form the base of a Roman pot are surely on the top of my finds list. I also enjoyed spending time in the HUB , being able to speak about the site with enthusiastic locals. Overall, it has been a wholly worthwhile and enjoyable experience for me, and I’d love to return next year to see what else is uncovered.”
“It may not look like it but this is a burnt area. I am about to take a soil sample,” explained student Gill today.
When the information point is quiet, PhD student Charley uploads current information from the excavations on to this University of Exeter blog!
A condensed version of current information is also uploaded on to the Ipplepen Archaeological Project Facebook Page and on to Twitter.
Archaeology student Alison sits proudly in her trench in which she has been excavating and recording features for the past month.
Archaeology student Vicky is photographed here calibrating the total station in order to to impose a grid (X-northing, Y-easting, Z-elevation) on the site to locate every artifact and feature in 3-D space and to make topographic maps of the site.
Site Supervisor Ben teaches archaeology student Gill how to take soil samples from the excavation site for further analysis at the laboratory.
A large find of Iron Age pottery was discovered by Andy Robinson yesterday.
Site Director Marc and Site Supervisor Ben discuss the excavated features in the south-west quadrant of the site.
“This section of a feature goes beyond the edge of the excavated area,” described archaeology student Ben Trestrail.
Archaeology student Ben provides an example of photographing a piece of flint and pottery found during excavations.