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Title:Prehistoric & Roman Sites in East Devon: The A30 Honiton-Exeter Improvement
Originator:Fitzpatrick, A. P. + Butterworth, C. A. + Grove, J.
Summary:Pomeroy Wood excavation in 1997-1998 prior to the A30 improvement scheme revealed seven phases of activity from prehistoric through Roman to post-medieval + modern. The main features are a Roman military base + a Romano-British civil settlement. The military base was probably founded in the AD 60s + may have been abandoned in the AD 80s. The defences consisted of two continuous parallel ditches 1.5-2m apart defining an area 75m x 10m. There was no indication of an entrance or gateway on the excavated south side of the fort. An interval tower + grain dryer were subsequently added along with a large outwork or annexe ditch to the west. Two wells were recorded within the base dating to the 1st century ad. Four pits wihtin the base + one between the two ditches are thought to have been dug during the military occupation but their use is not clear. Artefacts recovered from this phase of the site include a socketed hook, a small oak disc, a small quantity of iron slag, whetstones, querns, a small amount of glass + a wide range of pottery sherds. Environmental analyses studied insect + plant remains, pollen + charcoal, mainly from the wells.

Associated Monuments (12)

MDV62748Bronze Age Settlement, Castle Hill, Ottery St. Mary (Monument)
MDV28620Enclosure to west of Blackhorse (Monument)
MDV62694Hut Circle west of Blackhorse (Monument)
MDV62746Neolithic enclosures, Castle Hill, Ottery St. Mary (Monument)
MDV62749Pomeroy Wood Fort, Gittisham (Monument)
MDV62752Pomeroy Wood, Flint Scatter (Monument)
MDV62753Pomeroy Wood, Prehistoric Pottery (Find Spot)
MDV62751Pomeroy Wood, Roman-British Iron Working (Monument)
MDV62750Pomeroy Wood, Romano British Settlement (Monument)
MDV38873Prehistoric Enclosure west of Honiton (Monument)
MDV62693Prehistoric Settlement west of Blackhorse (Monument)
MDV1875Roman Road from Exeter to Honiton (Monument)