Excavations at Rack Street, Exeter 1974-75 (Exeter archive site 52)

Cotswold Archaeology, Exeter City Council, 2015

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Introduction

Excavations at Rack Street, Exeter 1974-75 (Exeter archive site 52)

From late 1974 to early 1975 the Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit undertook an excavation on a site fronting onto Rack Street. The site was later acquired for housing.

The site fronted onto Rack Street adjacent to the present-day Inner Bypass (Western Way) and was to the south-west of Coombe Street at SX 918922.

Remains of the post-medieval, medieval and the Roman civil periods including late Roman houses and a street, were recorded overlying the Roman military deposits. Three ditches of the Roman military period at Exeter (c AD 55/60 - c 75/80) were identified, two of the ditches were clearly defensive in nature and were associated with the Roman legionary fortress. Traces of the innermost of the two ditches were encountered at about 23.7 metres above Ordnance Datum.