Budleigh's Jan Oke wins bursary for her excavation work

PUBLISHED: 12:30 07 September 2016

Jan Oke at her home in Budleigh Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exb 6061-33-11SH. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Jan Oke at her home in Budleigh Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exb 6061-33-11SH. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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A Budleigh Salterton author and former archaeology student has received a bursary for her work on a Devon-based excavation.

Jan Oke, of Little Knowle, has received the Angela and Tony Colmer Bursary – established to honour the couple who devoted many years as volunteers to conserve artefacts now on display at Fairlynch Museum.

The bursary, awarded by the University of Exeter in partnership with the Budleigh Salterton museum, has been awarded to Jan for her work on a dig in Ipplepen.

In particular, she has been given the award for the analysis of the plant remains from the site which she wrote up for her archaeology course dissertation.

She undertook digs to help better understand how the environment was exploited and modified in the past.

It is hoped that now Jan has finished her three-year course, she can help Fairlynch Museum.

A museum spokesman said: “We hope that Jan will be able to find time in her busy schedule to give the museum the benefit of her experience in what she has obviously found to be a fascinating subject.”

Jan, a member of the Devon Archaeological Society, gained her first experience of fieldwork when she volunteered to help with surveys on Woodbury Common, as part of the Pebblebeds Project, after a talk given by Professor Chris Tilley to the Friends of Fairlynch.

She had already experienced the thrill of making unexpected discoveries from the past when a pile of Victorian toys were found under the floorboards of her house.

The result was a children’s book, Major Glad, Major Dizzy, which she wrote in 2011, following on from an earlier book, Naughty Bus.

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