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 6 June to Friday 1 July 2016.

Who can take part?

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

The minimum age to take part is 18, or 16 if accompanied by a parent/guardian.

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.

How to apply

Applications are now welcome for the 2016 Ipplepen field season (from Monday 6th June to Friday 1st July). Participants must enjoy working outdoors in all weathers and must commit to spending a week at the site.

To apply, email by 9am on Monday, 16 May with a covering letter of no more than 200 words explaining why you would like to be considered and stating a preference for weeks 1, 2 or 3. Participants with previous experience are encouraged to apply for week 4.

Working week

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


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.


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.