Exeter Archaeology Archive Project

Exeter City Council, Cotswold Archaeology, 2015

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Exeter City Council
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Exeter City Council, Cotswold Archaeology (2015) Exeter Archaeology Archive Project [data-set]. York: Archaeology Data Service [distributor] https://doi.org/10.5284/1035173

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Excavations of the civilian basilica and underlying legionary fortress bath house, 1972-73 © Exeter City Council
Exeter Archaeology Archive Project

The Exeter Archaeology Archive Project was created with the aim of securing, consolidating and enhancing the archives derived from excavations in Exeter undertaken between 1970 and 1990.

Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit (latterly Exeter Archaeology, or EA) was created in 1970 and, between 1970-1990, carried out excavations on 89 sites within the boundary of the City of Exeter, and a further 64 building recording projects. This work fundamentally altered understanding of Roman occupation of the City and added greatly to the knowledge of the Anglo-Saxon, medieval and later town.

EA ceased to operate in March 2012, and in the run-up to closure, they were commissioned by English Heritage to produce a Guide to the Archives of Archaeological Projects Carried Out in Exeter 1970-1990, however, although the Guide provided a basic list and quantification of the archives, this project aimed to address the issue that there was no ready means for a researcher to find their way into the archives and assess their value for research.

The data available from the Exeter Archaeology Project pages and the associated site pages cover the 63 principal pre-PPG 16 Exeter District sites which comprises archive site numbers 37-99.

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