Radiocarbon results

2/3/16: We’ve just had the results back from some scientific dating of the burials excavated in 2015; somewhat surprisingly all four of the burials dated so far are early medieval (6th – 8th century AD) rather than Roman! Furthermore, the radiocarbon results have now enabled us to establish that there are two clear phases of burial within the cemetery on slightly different alignments. The earliest phase, aligned close to true W-E and arranged in rows, appears to date from the 6th-7th century AD. The later phase, aligned closer to WSW-ENE and positioned closer to the road, sometimes clipping the edge or cut in to the fill of the roadside ditch, appears to date from the 7th and 8th centuries AD.

Here’s our stamped Samian ware. The type is probably Dragendorf 31. It was made in Central Gaul (France). The stamp reads ‘Aucella’ and it dates from AD150-180!

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The Archaeology Info Hub

Don’t forget that, although our Open Day is now finished, the Archaeology Hub at the back of the Methodist Church in Ipplepen is still open every weekday this week except for Friday from 10am to 4pm. Come on down for more updates and a look at some of the finds that weren’t displayed at the Open Day!

Our Open Day

A huge thank you to everybody who came to our Open Day! It was very sunny and we were very busy – we hope everybody had a great day. Special thanks goes to everybody who helped make the day happen by running stalls, giving demonstrations and talking to our visitors. A grand total of an amazing £1001.80 was raised towards the project. Thanks again to all that attended!

Young visitors learn to use an Iron Age quern

Young visitors learn to use an Iron Age quern

 

Roman lady from the Vicus explains Roman writing and writing equipment

Roman lady from the Vicus explains Roman writing and writing equipment

Exeter's Italian Cultural Association with one of the Isca Romans looking at similarities between Roman and modern Italian food!

Exeter’s Italian Cultural Association with one of the Isca Romans looking at similarities between Roman and modern Italian food!

Dennis Hewings' (who helped to first discover the site) family talk to a 'real life' Roman

Dennis Hewings’ (who helped to first discover the site) family talk to a ‘real life’ Roman

Sam Moorhead, coin expert at the British Museum, with metal detectorists Jim Wills at the end of a long and very successful Open Day!

Sam Moorhead, coin expert at the British Museum, with metal detectorists Jim Wills at the end of a long and very successful Open Day!