This fifth season of excavation at Ipplepen in Devon, run by the University of Exeter, will return to the Roman road and associated late and post-Roman cemetery revealed in 2011 and 2014. This part of the site has twice been featured on the BBC ‘Digging for Britain’ programme (series 2, 2011; Series 4, forthcoming). The significance of the site, the largest Romano-British settlement in Devon outside Exeter, has been demonstrated through Geophysical survey, targeted excavation and an extraordinary wealth of material culture. Previous campaigns have also revealed an Iron Age Settlement phase along with evidence for earlier 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 from 06th-31st July 2015; the cost per week is £200 (excluding accommodation and food). Participants are invited to take part for a minimum of 1 week. 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 (or 16+ if accompanied by a parent/guardian). 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 may be opportunities for 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 if required.
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