Excavations at 41-42 High Street, Exeter 1980 (Exeter archive site 72)

Exeter City Council, Cotswold Archaeology, 2015

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Excavations at 41-42 High Street, Exeter 1980 (Exeter archive site 72)

From January to February 1980, the Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit undertook an excavation in the basement of Nos 41-42 High Street (then trading as Star Jeans) prior to a proposed lowering of the floor level.

The site was located at SX 9204 9267 and is within the known area of the former Roman legionary fortress.

Remains of the post-medieval, 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 75/80. The south-east side of the via decumana of the fortress was located along with a stone-built wall which is suspected to have supported the aqueduct supplying the legionary bath-house of the fortress

The excavations at 41-42 High Street were significant in confirming the suspected line of the via decumana within the fortress. Of great importance also was the discovery of the stone wall that almost certainly represented the footing of the aqueduct supplying water to the legionary bath-house.