School of History, Classics and Archaeology


Mothecombe Project

The site at Mothecombe (c. 15km east of Plymouth) was first identified in the late 1950s when occupation layers and material including pottery of C5th-C6th date imported from the Mediterranean were recorded under erosion from dunes at the back of the beach.

Our work has revealed important evidence for occupation in two zones at the back of the beach, with features including hearths and the remains of a series of structures including two large buildings.

These have produced finds including animal bones and post-Roman ceramics. Geophysical and geoarchaeological survey in the fields behind the site revealed evidence for the area’s use over the long term.