The Big Stover Archaeological Dig

20th May 2019

Getting Our Hands Dirty this Summer

An archaeological investigation is to take place at Stover School on the site of a former historic building that has been demolished for over 200 years.

Nothing beats the excitement of hands-on archaeology, and on Monday 20th May 2019, the pupils at Stover School will have the opportunity to meet Devon County Archaeologist, Bill Horner, take part in the on-site dig and get hands-on experience as they encounter the past and gain greater insight into the history of the school and this part of the country.

James Templer bought the long-neglected estate of Stofford Manor and Teign Buer, now known as Teigngrace, from the Courtenay family in 1765. The old ruins of Stofford Lodge were set on an area of slightly raised ground, about half a mile to the north of the present house. The Medieval manor house had boasted a moat, and lay close to the path of the road at the time, the route of which can still be seen crossing the field beneath the terraces.

During the archaeological dig, the pupils will be introduced to the techniques of a dig, from recognising archaeological contexts and features on the site through to cleaning, excavating and recording them. They will gain direct experience in all aspects of the excavation, from recognising ancient artefacts to learning how to read the wider landscape.

Any findings and their importance will be assessed and, Bill Horner will look at how best we can record and recognise items of significant historical value.

Anyone with an interest in archaeology, Devon’s history, or the project as a whole is welcome to join us for the excavation (please bring a spade!). The school would be delighted for any help with the pre-dig on Monday 20th May 2019 at 8.45am. This will consist of a 45 minute dig followed by bacon sandwiches in the Dining Room. For more information or to book a place please email

20th May 2019


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