Excavation at Goldsmith Street, Exeter 1971 (Exeter archive site 37)

Exeter City Council, Cotswold Archaeology, 2015

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Introduction

Excavation at Goldsmith Street, Exeter 1971 (Exeter archive site 37)

From August 1971 to May 1972, the Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit undertook excavation on a large plot of land between Goldsmith Street and St Pancras Lane. This plot was designated for development as part of the Guildhall Shopping Centre. The excavation was funded jointly by Exeter University and Exeter City Council with additional financial assistance from the Department of the Environment.

This dataset includes material from the first season of excavation, information regarding the second season can be found at 'Excavations at Goldmith Street, Exeter 1971-72 (Exeter archive site 39)'

Excavation during the first season was conducted within individual squares of 10 metres x 10 metres on the basis of an imaginary grid placed over the site. Features and layers within each 10 metre square were provided with their own grid reference number which identified their position.

Remains of the post-medieval, the medieval and the Roman civil periods were recorded overlying the deposits of the Roman military period which, at Exeter, is dated from c AD 55/60 - c AD 75/80. Damage to the Roman military deposits caused by pits of medieval and post-medieval date was quite severe.