Dig to reveal Roman town

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

April 4, 2012 By Matt Filed Under: Fieldwork

Organisation: Earthwatch
Address: Mayfield House, 256 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 7DE
Telephone: 01865 318831
Email: projects@earthwatch.org.uk

Location: Exeter St Davids
Dates: July-August
Cost: £1,795 per fortnight
Accommodation: Included


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


About timeteign

Chairman, Chris Meathrel, founded Kingsteignton Archaeological Society in 2008 and reformed it in 2011. Our first WordPress blog issued Xmas 2012. Kingsteignton Archaeological Society adopted the name "TIMETEIGN" as a way of highlighting our existence as non-registered charity run archaeological organisation within the Heart of Teignbridge. We aim to highlight the local and district archaeology to draw attention to the community developments. The recent developments have hidden much of the local archaeology and we seek to make as much of our heritage available in one form or another, through the archaeology for future generations.
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