Members of public invited to excavation Open Day on Saturday 25th June 2016, 10.30am – 3.30pm

Members of the public are invited to join us at our Open Day on Saturday 25th June from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

There will be guided tours of the excavation- your chance to see archaeology close-up, as well as history related stalls and re-enactment groups who will be bringing the site to life with ‘living history’ displays.

Iron Age group Dumnonika, and Roman groups the the Vicus and Isca Romans will be on hand for people to see what life was life was like at the site around 2000 years ago. University of Exeter students will give guided tours of the excavation and reveal our latest findings from the 2016 fieldwork. Refreshments will also be available. All welcome! Further details will be published on this blog nearer the time.

In 2015 we had a fantastic open day with 930 visitors who provided great feedback such as: ‘Three generations of our family – grandparents in their 60s, daughter 40ish and two granddaughters aged 10 and 7 – went to the exhibition and Open Day at the Ipplepen excavation last Summer and enjoyed a really wonderful time. It inspired the youngest to choose her experience as the basis for her school project. This is what Rowan (age 7) wrote about the day for her class Roman project, which she decided to do about Roman roads :
“Last summer I visited a newly discovered Roman road near Ipplepen in Devon. We were given a tour of the site and I spotted a piece of Roman pottery in the ground. (Rowan was excited to have the first eyes to notice this in more than 1500 years). They had an extra field where you buy food and they set up Roman stalls and did a Roman re-enactment. ”
Her mother Sam adds: “I would like to say it was one of our most enjoyable days of the summer. Really interesting insight into the archaeological work and finds, and the display in Ipplepen village hall was great. The day was lovely, with food and entertainment and stalls and lovely people doing really interesting tours.
Thank you – please do it again!”
”And the grandparents had a marvellous time learning more about the Romans and Roman civilisation in Devon, especially from the friendly people staffing the exhibition in the Hub at Ipplepen Methodist Church and running the tours of the site.
It was a delight to watch our family become enthusiasts for archaeology.’

Thankyou Rowan and family- we look forward to seeing you again this year, and look forward to welcoming everyone to the open day. See you all on June 25th!

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    1. Dear Bill, Thankyou for your kind comments about our blog. Members of the Ipplepen Archaeological Project team are writing the blog with updates on various aspects of the project, including Dr John Davey, our student interns and myself. Please follow us throughout our excavation (6th June to 1st July 2016) as we will be updating our blog with our latest discoveries on site! Best wishes, Danielle

  4. I live in Totnes and have just read the article in the Guardian, and am wondering where you are or how to get to you for the open day this Sat? This find appears to change the history of Totnes which has previously been thought to have been founded around 900 AD. Exciting!

    1. Dear Naresh, the site will be signposted on the day from the Ipplepen petrol garage on the A381 (Totnes to Newton Abbot road). Please look out for our green signs. Look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

  5. We would like to join in the Open Day on Saturday. It’s exciting to have a site like this so close to Home.

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