Excavations at Upper Paul Street, Exeter 1986 (Exeter archive site 86)

Exeter City Council, Cotswold Archaeology, 2015

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Excavations at Upper Paul Street, Exeter 1986 (Exeter archive site 86)

In May 1986, the Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit undertook a watching brief and short-term excavation in Upper Paul Street in advance of repaving of the street.

The site consisted of two parallel trenches situated at SX 9198 9284. The site is on the defences of the former Roman legionary fortress at Exeter.

Deposits within the inner (first) ditch of the legionary fortress were recognised along with a truncated top edge of the ditch. These deposits were of the Roman military period which, at Exeter, is dated from c AD 55/60 to c 75/80.

The observations at Upper Paul Street were significant in providing enough information for the north-western corner of the fortress to be established with reasonable accuracy. this enabled the size of the fortress to be estimated at 16.6 hectares.