A pit containing a Neolithic axe and pottery has been discovered during archaeological excavations near the A382 at Newton Abbot. The axe had been burnt before it was buried in the pit, which had caused it to break into four … Continue reading
New and Noteworthy
A new Neolithic henge monument for Devon?
A recent community archaeology project in Thorverton, partly sponsored by Devon County Council, surpassed all expectations with the discovery of a probable henge, a Neolithic ceremonial monument. The monument, which first showed as a circular feature on a geophysical survey, … Continue reading
Ipplepen Excavations 2019
Excavations on the Iron Age, Roman and early medieval site at Ipplepen continued this summer for an 8th successful year. Ipplepen is proving a remarkable site with features and finds suggesting that this may be more than a typical rural … Continue reading
Know Your Place in Devon!
In addition to our online Environment Viewer, Historic Environment Records are now also mapped on Know Your Place! They are displayed over basemaps which can be selected from a range of historic and modern maps. Users can also upload and … Continue reading
Sea and Seasonality: Jane Austen in Devon
Although Jane Austen was largely based in and around Hampshire during her writing years, she was known to have thoroughly enjoyed the British seaside, especially in and around Devon. Austen wrote to her sister Cassandra that “Sidmouth is now talked … Continue reading
Georgian-era art could help preserve Devon’s coastal heritage
A ground-breaking resource, which uses artworks dating back to the late 18th century as a tool to help manage risks to Devon’s coastal heritage, has just been published. The CHeRISH Project, commissioned by Historic England and written by coastal scientist … Continue reading
Devon historic shipwrecks given protection
Three of Devon’s historic wrecks have been designated as scheduled monuments. Two in North Devon are merchant ships from the 1700s, one of them thought to have been carrying a cargo of port wine! (pictured right) The earliest has been … Continue reading
Teaching prehistory for KS1 or KS2? New lesson plans available!
Do you know any primary school teachers looking for ideas about how to teach prehistory? We’ve just added four downloadable KS2 lesson plans and associated resources – and a KS1 lesson plan and resources pack – to our Schools Resources … Continue reading
Devon County Council’s environmental data now available online
Devon County Council has recently made its environmental datasets available online in map format! As well as information on landscapes, ecology, flood risk, public access and planning, they include lots of historic environment information, including monuments on the Devon Historic … Continue reading
Ipplepen Excavation Open Day
The Exeter University and community archaeological excavation at Dainton Elms Cross, Ipplepen, is taking place this year from 6th June to 1st July. Excavations, prompted by metal-detector finds and a DCC-funded geophysical survey, have already revealed evidence of Iron Age … Continue reading