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« on: August 04, 2011, 07:37:07 am »

From the BBC:

England's western-most Roman town uncovered
By Louise Ord
Assistant Producer, Digging For Britain

Roman coins found by two local men led to the discovery of a town

A chance discovery of coins has led to the bigger find of a Roman town, further west than it was previously thought Romans had settled in England.

The town was found under fields a number of miles west of Exeter, Devon.

Nearly 100 Roman coins were initially uncovered there by two amateur archaeological enthusiasts.

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After the coins were unearthed by the local men out using metal detectors, Danielle Wootton, the University of Exeter's liaison officer for the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS), which looks after antiquities found by the public, was tasked with investigating further.

After carrying out a geophysical survey last summer, she said she was astonished to find evidence of a huge landscape, including at least 13 round-houses, quarry pits and track-ways covering at least 13 fields, the first of its kind for the county.

"This was a really exciting discovery," said Ms Wootton. But she said most exciting of all was that her team had stumbled across two burial plots that seem to be located alongside the settlement's main road.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14340933

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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2011, 07:47:54 am »

Great find & thanks for the link!
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« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2011, 07:49:28 am »

Thanks for that!
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« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2011, 03:19:01 pm »

Excellent stuff!

Work that shares two of my main passions in life Roman archaeology and coinage and geophysics. As a postgrad student in geophysics would be nice to see the results they got but sounds like they will be doing more surveying of surrounding landscape. Hopefully a lot more will be learned of the region and maybe with the discovery of high activity areas we can all hope for a juicy coin hoard to turn up   Smiley.

Look forward to the tv series coming up.

Thanks for sharing.
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