NEWS: Saturday, June 23, 2012
Excavations to uncover what is believed to be a major Roman town in the region are set to take place this summer.
The major archaeological dig is planned for rural Teignbridge, on the outskirts of Newton Abbot, South Devon, after a chance find of ancient coins by a metal detector enthusiast and his friend led to the discovery of the largest Roman settlement ever found in the county.
The excavation in August will be led by University of Exeter archaeologists. There have been long-held suspicions that the Romans had established a presence in South Devon, and place names suggest the A381 between Totnes and Newton Abbot may have been a Roman road.
A county council spokesman said: “We believe this newly-discovered Romano-British rural settlement has the potential to reveal significant evidence of this period of Devon’s ancient history.”
Digging for the Deep World of Devon’s Roman Ruins
Address: Mayfield House, 256 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 7DE
Telephone: 01865 318831
Location: Exeter St Davids
Cost: £1,795 per fortnight
This excavation will investigate the largest Romano-British settlement discovered in the county to date. Detected structures hint at native roundhouses, enclosures, a Roman road, and other promising structures.
Participants can take part in excavating and recording finds, assisting in making section drawings and plans, and taking accurate photographic records and detailed field notes. They will also assist with post-excavation analysis. Participation costs include meals and accommodation.
Read more at http://www.archaeology.co.uk/digs