Future works

Before excavation began a detailed geophysical survey of the entire site was undertaken, allowing us to identify archaeological features and so giving us insight into the potential of the site before we started digging. A few features were even identifiable without geophysical survey as they were already visible in the wider landscape. The construction will impact upon below-ground archaeological remains where groundworks or landscaping will take place. In these cases, archaeological investigation is required. 
As the development of the site progresses over the coming months and years, we will continue to focus on the rich archaeological resources buried on this site, and all of the areas that are to be developed will be subject to the appropriate degree of archaeological investigation. 
By gathering this information, we will seek to create a picture of how this landscape has changed over the last 4000 years, how it has been occupied, utilised and modified by the communities who have inhabited it. We can tell a lot about these past societies by the features we are excavating – the houses, ovens, ditches and graves – and by the finds we recover – their pottery, tools, weapons, clothing and personal adornments, even their human remains. And from the many samples of soil we are taking we will learn about their economy, agriculture, and their craft and industrial activities. 
Eventually, all of our findings will be brought together and published in books and so made accessible to all. The excavation that you can see in front of you is just one of several which will take place during the course of the development. We will continue to work closely with The Sherford Consortium, Devon County Council and consultants AECOM to ensure that the archaeological remains on the site are dealt with highly professional manner, to help everyone understand of the ancients roots and long history of this new community.