Otterton Mill unearths range of finds from area

PUBLISHED: 18:32 14 September 2011

Otterton Mill archaeology day. Members of the public were invited to bring along their treasures to be examined by an expert. Lympstone children Max Griffiths, eleven, Bob Pryor, eleven and Alex Griffiths, thirteen, draw swords with Roman arms expert Oliver Martin. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shv 2264-37-11AW. To order your copy of this photograph, go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Otterton Mill archaeology day. Members of the public were invited to bring along their treasures to be examined by an expert. Lympstone children Max Griffiths, eleven, Bob Pryor, eleven and Alex Griffiths, thirteen, draw swords with Roman arms expert Oliver Martin. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shv 2264-37-11AW. To order your copy of this photograph, go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Two hundred turn out for finds day event at Otterton Mill

SOME 300 finds, ranging from prehistoric flints to post-medieval pottery, were examined by the Portable Antiquities team at Otterton Mill on Sunday.

Devon finds liaison officer Danielle Wooton, with volunteer Rachel Kitcherside, met 200 people during the day, said Caroline Spiller, who runs the mill with her husband Simon.

“There was a nice range of interesting pieces from the local area, which was fantastic. There were no star finds, like last year’s Roman milling stone,” said Caroline, who said the event would definitely be held again next year.

“Lots of people came in and were talking to the team, who inspired people, and children were talking to the Roman soldiers who were there, trying on their helmets and shields.”

The soldiers, in full battle gear, are involved with Roman re-enactments, and told children tales from the battlefield.

Danielle, who is based at Exeter Museum, featured recently on BBC Two’s Digging for Britain programme about the unearthing of a Roman town near Exeter.

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