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.