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HER Number:MDV42591
Name:Roman Harbour at Seaton

Summary

Seaton Marshes are the possible site of a Roman harbour.

Location

Grid Reference:SY 251 907
Map Sheet:SY29SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishSeaton
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSEATON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY29SW/249/1
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HARBOUR (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD (Between))

Full description

Griffith, F., 1988, Devon's Past. An Aerial View, 52-53 (Monograph). SDV64198.

Seaton Marshes are the possible site of a Roman harbour. The are of reclaimed land between Seaton Chruch and the river would have been sheltered anchorage for coastal traffic in the Roman period.

Turton, S. D., 1994, Archaeological Assessment of Proposed Axe Estuary Local Nature Reserve, 1 (Report - Assessment). SDV120094.

Bourn, R., 2000, Land off Harbour Road, Seaton: Archaeological Desk Based Assessment, 8-9 (Report - Assessment). SDV120104.

A harbour may have been associated with the Honeyditches or Couchill site. The Axe was navigable much further upstream in Roman times.

ARCA, 2008, Axe Estuary Wetlands, Seaton, Devon. Geoarchaeological and Bioarchaeological Assessment (Report - Scientific). SDV347895.

Data collected from borehole sampling across Seaton Marshes indicated the formation of a marine embayment, the historically attested Axe Haven, at a period corresponding to the Iron Age/Roman and Medieval periods.

Clarke, C., 2011, Land Adjacent to Harbour Road, Seaton, Devon. An Archaeological and Geoarchaeological Investigation Report, 4 (Report - Evaluation). SDV348253.

It has been suggested that a harbour, identified as Uxelis, may have been established in the natural haven of Axmouth by the Roman period and that it may even have been used as a staging area for Vespasian's operations against the western tribes.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV120094Report - Assessment: Turton, S. D.. 1994. Archaeological Assessment of Proposed Axe Estuary Local Nature Reserve. Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit Report. 94.72. A4 Grip Bound. 1.
SDV120104Report - Assessment: Bourn, R.. 2000. Land off Harbour Road, Seaton: Archaeological Desk Based Assessment. CgMs Consulting Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. 8-9.
SDV347895Report - Scientific: ARCA. 2008. Axe Estuary Wetlands, Seaton, Devon. Geoarchaeological and Bioarchaeological Assessment. ARCA Report. 0809-2. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV348253Report - Evaluation: Clarke, C.. 2011. Land Adjacent to Harbour Road, Seaton, Devon. An Archaeological and Geoarchaeological Investigation Report. AOC Archaeology Group Report. 30841. A4 stapled + Digital. 4.
SDV64198Monograph: Griffith, F.. 1988. Devon's Past. An Aerial View. Devon's Past. An Aerial View. Paperback Volume. 52-53. [Mapped feature: #91449 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV16660Related to: Axmouth Harbour (Monument)
MDV14057Related to: Honeyditches Roman Villa, Seaton (Monument)
MDV14070Related to: Honeyditches, Seaton (Monument)
MDV42590Related to: Medieval Harbour at Seaton (Monument)
MDV41932Related to: Roman Fort at Couchill, Seaton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV5342 - Geoarchaeological Survey of the Axe Estuary Wetlands, Seaton

Date Last Edited:Mar 3 2020 8:04AM