Over 200 visitors to the site open day!

Over 200 visitors attended the site open day to the public today!

Both the information point at the Hub and the excavation site in Ipplepen received over 100 enthusiastic members of the public interested in exploring the recent archaeological excavations. Visitors travelled from all over Devon to see the new developments in the discovery of the Romano-British settlement. Archaeologists working at the site believe the settlement may have been occupied as early as the Bronze Age though this is subject to further analysis and identification. Finds include pottery sherds, charcoal, slag deposit, flint and animal bones. The last day of the excavation  will take place tomorrow and the information point at the Hub will close tomorrow at 4pm.

Arthur French provides a local history

(Photograph courtesy of Arthur French)

(Photograph courtesy of Arthur French)

Villager Arthur French has helped the students and archaeologists at the information point by providing a local history of Ipplepen. Arthur is also founder of the Ipplepen Local History Group and was instrumental in initiating the Ipplepen Archive project for keeping records of the local history. For further information on the Ipplepen Local History Group, please visit the website www.ipplepenarchive.co.uk or contact Shirley Northwood on 01803 813980 or email shirleypat@btinternet.com.

Locals bring finds to the information point

“I have been honoured with the experience of local villagers bringing to the information point recent finds which they have discovered in the Devon area. The finds, including Iron Age and Roman coins, have been recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme who will provide further information about their discoveries. It is so exciting to be able to share the excitement of such discoveries amongst academics, specialists and the public!” explained PhD student Charley.