Volunteers helped to investigate, excavate, and record archaeological features in the field. This involved troweling and cleaning archaeological features, making section drawings and plans, taking accurate photographic records, heavy digging with a spade and mattock and spoil removal with a wheelbarrow, and making detailed field notes. Volunteers also helped with postexcavation processing of finds. In order for volunteers to carry out these tasks, they participated in a full day of talks and practical workshops, followed by on-site training.
The volunteers stayed at Exeter University's Streatham Campus, which overlooks Exeter and the surrounding countryside. The accommodations were in Mardon Hall of Residence, Exeter University’s oldest purpose-built residence, built in 1933, with many original features, such as the wood-paneled library (now used as a study room) and grand staircase, still intact. The residence has wonderful views over the Exe Valley. The university campus is famous for its beautiful and peaceful parkland, lakes, woodland, and landscaped gardens, which contain numerous rare species and trees.
The volunteers went on an excursion to Dartmoor, traveling to Two Bridges, and walking over flat moorland for half an hour to reach Wistman’s Wood. The wood is designated as a national nature reserve and is revered in local Dartmoor folklore. After lunch at the Two Bridges Hotel, the volunteers visited the internationally important Bronze Age stone circle and roundhouse remains at Merrivale.