Fieldwork at Ipplepen

Ipplepen Field School

This season of excavation at Ipplepen in Devon, run by the University of Exeter in partnership with the British Museum, Portable Antiquities Scheme, Devon County Council, and Cotswold Archaeology, will involve several trenches across different parts of the late prehistoric and Roman settlement (as featured in the BBC ‘Digging for Britain’ programme).

Information about the dig

Monday 20 August to Friday 14 September

There are a limited number of places for Devon residents only.

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 2018 Ipplepen field season (from Monday 20th August to Friday 14th September). Participants must enjoy working outdoors in all weathers and must commit to spending a week at the site.

To apply, email Stephen Rippon (s.j.rippon@ex.ac.uk) by Friday 23rd March with a completed application form, and please state your preference for weeks 1, 2, 3 or 4.

Local volunteers work Monday to Friday, 9-5, with an hour for lunch (1-2) and morning and afternoon tea breaks.

There are portaloos on site, and portacabins for provide shelter. You will be working outdoors for eight hours a day, in all weathers so you must bring suitable clothing including steel toe-capped boots, waterproofs, gloves, a sun hat and sub block. Most excavation work is physical to some degree and will require some measure of fitness. Tea and coffee are provided by you must bring your own food.