This year’s fourth season at Ipplepen in Devon, run by the University of Exeter, will return to the Roman road and associated burials revealed in 2011 – featured on the BBC ‘Digging for Britain’ – and a complex series of enclosures and structures thought to be part of the largest Romano-British settlement in Devon outside of Exeter. Geophysical survey and a significant number of Roman coin finds have highlighted the importance of this extensive site and its potential to explore the relationship between Roman Britain and its native population. Last year’s field school revealed an Iron Age roundhouse and Romano-British features, along with evidence for Neolithic activity.
The dig is supported by the University of Exeter, the Portable Antiquities Scheme, the British Museum and Devon County Council.
This year’s field school will run in 07th July – 01st August 2014; the cost per week is £200 (excluding accommodation and food). Participants are invited to take part for a minimum of 2 weeks. The working week will be 9am-5pm, Sunday to Friday. Past fieldwork experience is not essential, but participants should be at least 18 years old. Accommodation is not included, but reduced rates at a local campsite have been arranged. Places are limited, so early booking is recommended.
Participants will receive a full programme of training in excavation and archaeological recording. This will include: planning and section drawing; taking levels; soil sampling; photography; and the completion of written/digital site records. In addition, there will be tuition on: finds processing; 3D recording; surveying; geophysical survey; pottery analysis; environmental sample processing; community outreach; and an introduction to animal bones.
All participants will receive a certificate of attendance and an evaluation of performance and skills acquisition.
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