From the BBC:England
's western-most Roman
By Louise Ord
Assistant Producer, Digging For BritainRoman 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.
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