The late prehistoric and Roman settlement was featured in the BBC "Digging for Britain" programme.

Ipplepen Field School

This excavation at Ipplepen in Devon, is run by the University of Exeter in partnership with the British Museum, Portable Antiquities Scheme, Devon County Council, and Cotswold Archaeology. Funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Devon County Council enables members of the public to work alongside Exeter University students, for whom the dig provides training as part of their degree programme.

We are able to offer ten volunteer placements per week of the excavation for Devon residents.

The minimum age to take part is 18.

Past fieldwork experience is not essential. 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.

Applications are now welcome for the 2019 Ipplepen excavation (from Monday 26th August to Friday 20th September). Participants must enjoy working outdoors in all weathers and must commit to spending a minimum of one week at the site. If space allows, it might be possible  to participate for more than one week.

To apply, please complete an ‌APPLICATION FORM and return to Chris Smart by email at by Friday 22nd March.

Volunteers will work Monday to Friday (incl. Bank Holidays), 9am to 4:45pm, with 45 minutes for lunch (1-1:45pm) and morning and afternoon tea breaks.

There will be portaloos on site, and portacabins to provide shelter. You will be working outdoors for eight hours a day, in all weathers, and you must bring suitable clothing including steel toe-capped boots, waterproofs, gloves, a sun hat and sun block.

Most excavation work is physical to some degree and will require some measure of fitness.

Tea and coffee are provided, but you must bring your own food.

The excavation will take place over four weeks from Monday 26th August to Friday 20th September 2019


Week 1: 26th August - 30th August

Week 2: 2nd September - 6th September

Week 3: 9th September - 13th September

Week 4: 16th September - 20th September