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Title:Excavation of the Exeter-Dorchester Roman Road at the River Yarty and the Roman Fort Ditch and Settlement Site at Woodbury, Near Axminster.
Originator:Weddell, P. J. + Reed, S. J. + Simpson, S. J.
Summary:Road survived in remarkably good state of preservation. 240m length located, but not fully excavated. Constructed of local waterworn chert and river gravels, set into a fairly loose grey-brown sandy matrix laid directly onto the existing ground surface. Thickness of make-up varied considerably, partly due to the effects of later erosion. Maximum width observed in 2 trenches, where it extended to 20.25m wide. It probably stood up to 0.60m above surrounding ground level. Contemporary erosion observed in several places. The N side of the road had been most frequently repaired, and this area may have been vulnerable to intermittent flooding. The section E of the Yarty had not been effected by river erosion and was in a good state of preservation, with a fine compact secondary gravel surface. No definite roadside ditches detected. A small collection of Roman sherds recovered from make-up in Trench 3.

Associated Monuments (11)

MDV42537Dorchester to Exeter Roman Road (Monument)
MDV18582Hollow way north of Burrowshot Cross, Axminster (Monument)
MDV11222Newenham Abbey (Monument)
MDV55183Old Road at Symonds Down Farm, Axminster (Monument)
MDV55184Pit West of Burrowshot Cross (Monument)
MDV14185Roman Fort at Woodbury Farm, Axminster (Monument)
MDV64458Roman Road at Woodbury Farm, Axminster (Monument)
MDV42538Roman Road at Woodbury Fort (Monument)
MDV128269Roman road to south of Coomb Bank Farm, Axminster (Monument)
MDV42536Roman Settlement at Woodbury Farm, Axminster (Monument)
MDV55181Roman Timber Building, Woodbury Farm, Axminster (Monument)