New story on an archaeology breakthrough: a ‘fascinating’ Roman discovery beneath a Devon bus stop.
Archaeologists have described the remains of a Roman fort discovered beneath a Devon bus station as “significant and fascinating.”
The remains were discovered two years ago during the construction of Exeter’s state-of-the-art bus station, which opened to passengers last month. The remains, which are part of Exeter’s history, were characterized as “extremely important and entirely unexpected” at the time of their discovery, and a fresh study on the dig has just been completed.
Coins and indigenous pottery created in the vicinity, as well as excellent red Samian dinnerware imported from France, were discovered during the city center’s bus station expansion.
The Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter has received items recovered from the Roman fortifications.
Two years after the initial discovery, a new report on the results will be accessible to the public in the Devon Archaeological Proceedings Journal.
According to the analysis, what lies beneath Exeter still has the “potential to surprise.”
The Exeter Office of Cotswold Archaeology made the find in 2019 while working with Kier Development to record remnants of the city’s Roman past during the bus station construction phase.
The excavation took place in stages, with the first being the discovery of a Roman ditch near the site’s top end, between Bampfylde Street and Cheeke Street.
Experts discovered two more ditches that ran parallel to each other, revealing that they belonged to a new and unknown Roman military site.
It’s thought the location was either a fort or a protected storehouse or compound held by a military outfit.
The outer, eastern one has a steep “V-shaped” profile with a deep “ankle breaker” trench along the bottom, while the other is bigger and deeper, making them easy to recognize as typical Roman military ditches.
The local government collaborated with developers to guarantee that any remains that were inevitable disturbed during construction were appropriately excavated and catalogued for the benefit of current and future generations.
“Along with other recent work in Exeter, it highlights just how much of the city’s history can still exist in unusual locations, despite damage inflicted by bombing and modern concrete foundations,” Andrew Pye of Exeter City Council told Devon Live at the time of the discovery.
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