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.
Thanks everyone who’s been following our blog this year, and everyone who made 2015 a great season. Hopefully we’ll be back again in 2016!
We’ve just had our 500th visitor to the Hub! We are still open this week so please come and visit us to see what we’ve been up to and have a look at some of the finds we have on display.
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!
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!
Yesterday we were very lucky to be given a talk by Dr Sam Moorhead from the British museum. He told us all about how to identify Roman Coins and the coins that were found in Ipplepen. Thank you for a really interesting talk!