NEW finds from a major archeological dig in Ipplepen — the largest Roman Village in Devon — will go on show to the public for the first time this weekend.
A Roman road, square enclosure ditch of Roman date and several round houses occupied during the Iron Age have been discovered so far.
Many fragments of pottery, including locally-produced and imported wares such as amphorae from Spain and decorated Samian ware, have also been recovered, along with Roman coins.
Bronze Age pottery and flint flakes are also evidence of human activity.
The current research programme at the site will significantly contribute to the understanding of life in Britain on the edges of the Roman Empire.
An excavation team, including more than 70 volunteers from the Ipplepen Local History Group, Portable Antiquities Scheme, University of Exeter students and staff from Archaeology and Ancient History, are trying to assess the extent, level of preservation, and the period of time when the site was in use.
For the first time the general public can attend an open day and visit the site on Sunday from 11am until 4pm.
They are also invited to the Community Hub at the village Methodist church to see the progress that has been made from 12.30pm to 4pm.
An open day was organised previously but had to be called off because of rain.
An information point will open to visitors on Monday, noon until 4pm, Tuesday to Friday from 9.30am until 4pm and until August 22.
The excavation of the site originally began last summer.
It was discovered as a result of a metal detected Roman coin which was found by Phillip Wills and Dennis Hewings which was recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme.
A geophysical survey and trial excavations in 2011 confirmed that there were many archaeological features lying below the ground in an area of over 23 acres.
University of Exeter archaeologist and lead on the project, Dr Ioana Oltean, said: "This site is the only large aggregated settlement in this rural part of Roman Britain. "Previous to its discovery it was thought that everybody outside Isca Dumnoniorum (Roman Exeter) was living in isolated farmsteads and without much contact with the Roman army or colonists.
"Ipplepen proves that this was not the case."
As part of a four week field excavation programme, the Archaeology students' goal will be to find out more about the full extent and function of the site and determine for how long it was in use.
Dr Oltean said: "The students get to improve their skills and get an opportunity to interact with the wider public who share their passion for archaeology and with local employers and specialists from nationally renowned institutions like the British Museum.
"Through opening access to our research to a wide range of public from Ipplepen, and beyond either directly on site, or via the internet, we offer new opportunities to connect with the past."