Roman Devon Field School

Ipplepen field school open day - Sunday 20th July 2014. Come along to the site from 10am-4pm to find out more about the dig.

The University of Exeter will continue excavation at the Romano British site near Ipplepen, South Devon, from 7 July to 1 August 2014.

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 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. 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. 

The dig is funded by the University of Exeter, Portable Antiquities Scheme, British Museum and Devon County Council.
See the blog from the 2013 excavations or the blog from the 2012 excavations for more information.

Whilst the digging takes place you may also like to visit the Ipplepen Archaeological Project Facebook group or follow IpplepenDig on twitter.

Frequently asked questions


The price for taking part in the fieldschool is £200 per week. The deposit is £100 to secure your place, this is non-refundable. The balance is due in full 28 days before the start of your dig.

Working week

The working week is 9am-5pm, Sunday- Friday. Saturdays are the free day.


The minimum age to take part is 18.


There will be no refund for poor weather. There is a site tent to provide shelter. You will be working outdoors for eight hours a day, in all weathers. Most excavation work is physical to some degree and will require some measure of fitness.


Accommodation is not included. There are many local campsites and hotels. Please see the Visit South Devon website for some suggestions. The closest campsite is Dornafield.


University Public Liability insurance covers accidents to outside participants due to negligence on part of university. We advise that you take out your own insurance. No valuables should be taken to the dig. If you have to leave the project early due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances, we will not be able to refund your fee. You may be able to take out an insurance policy to cover such an eventuality.

Previous fieldwork experience

Previous fieldwork experience is not needed. The excavation is geared towards providing training in basic field archaeology techniques to those who are new to digging. However, if you have dug before you will be able to build on any previous experience.

How to apply

Please contact the Archaeology office, email, 01392 724350.