Date set for local archaeology exhibition

31st October, 2014
A talk and a series of displays has been planned to exhibit findings from the South Devon Link Road site.

The team of archaeologists, who unearthed the remains of a 2000 year old Iron Age and Roman settlement and two medieval and post-medieval stone-constructed buildings in December 2012, will be presenting their findings to local residents and interested groups.

The talk will allow members of the public to view artefacts, ask questions and gain an understanding into the history of the area.

The event will take place at Kingskerswell Community Centre on Thursday 20th November 2014 at 7.30pm.  The exhibition boards will be displayed after the talk and for an hour till 9.30pm.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, however the display materials will be exhibited at a number of locations in the area for viewing over the following two weeks:

* Kingskerswell Community Centre - Friday 21st November 10:00 to 12:00 and Saturday 22nd November 12:00 to 14:00
* Newton Abbot Library – 24th to 28th November
* Torquay Library – 1st to 5th December 2014

The archaeological team, led by Simon Hughes of Bradninch-based AC archaeology carried out the work on behalf of Devon County Council and Torbay Council.

Simon Hughes from AC archaeology, said: “Although the main excavations were completed in 2012, our findings were then sent for detailed analysis to be officially dated and recorded. This is a thorough and complex process that takes time.

“We found it really exciting working on this project, and we’re looking forward to sharing our findings with the general public.”

Steve Reed from the Devon County Council Historic Environment Team, who monitored the works, said: “We are pleased that we will also be able to set up exhibits to allow the findings to be displayed temporarily – we want to give everyone the opportunity to view these important objects of our history before they are displayed at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter.”

Andrew Leadbetter, Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth at Devon County Council, said: “It’s great that this talk and the exhibitions are being held – I’m sure that many people will be interested in attending these talks to view the artefacts and finding out more about the discoveries.”

Torbay Mayor Gordon Oliver said: “The findings unearthed are a fascinating part of the history of the area and it is important that they are exhibited to the community in this way.”

A report on the findings will be published in due course and made accessible on The Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society Journal.  The findings from the site will be displayed at The Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter.