People walking through Exeter city centre are to be given an insight into just what did lie beneath their feet hundreds of years ago. A new information panel has been erected at the ruined medieval St Catherine’s almshouses, off Catherine Square in Exeter.
Sited on the wall of La Gourmandine, it has been updated to include the results of discoveries made about the Roman fortress of the II Augusta Legion by Chris Henderson, the former director of the council’s Archaeological Field Unit, and also includes a reconstruction of what the medieval almshouses looked like and information about the artwork on the site.
It provides the visitor with a better understanding of the ruins, and also of what important historic remains – a Roman house with a mosaic floor, and the defences of the earlier fortress – lie hidden beneath their feet.
It is being unveiled this Thursday, September 23 on the birthday of the Emperor Augustus, the original patron of the legion.
(from a press release)