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Tuesday 13th October 2015

ARCHAEOLOGY OPEN DAY DRAWS OVER 850 VISITORS TO NEW COMMUNITY SITE

Andy Mayes, Principal Archaeologist, AECOM

Earlier this month, we held the first archaeology Open Day at Sherford, with over 850 members of the public attending the event in the space of just a few hours. From young children, families to history enthusiasts, the day was a great success, with many keen to follow the progress of both the new community build and the archaeology works.

Wessex Archaeology and Devon County Council were also on hand during the event, providing talks and information on the land’s rich Iron Age and Romano British history, as well as showcasing replica artefacts from the periods. Just some of the most popular items on show, included the results of the geophysics and the initial archaeological surveys.

The success of the event demonstrates how the area is rich in both history and artefacts from a number of periods – having being home to families and communities for thousands of years. It also provided local residents with the opportunity to see the Sherford site for the first time, and learn more about its heritage and future.

With Sherford set to be one of the largest new modern communities in the region, it is fantastic that we can unearth some of its history and offer these findings to the public. We are only in the initial stages of excavations, and with the Sherford community being constructed on such a large scale, we have already made some exciting findings – including the Iron Age roundhouses. We hope to find even more as the project progresses over the next couple of years.

Thank you to all those who took the time to visit, as well as those involved on the day. Please continue to check the website for the latest archaeology news, updates and findings!