Discovery of Roman coins in Devon | Photo: University of Exeter
Archaeologists in 2016 discovered Roman coins, pottery and a section of road in Ipplepen (Devon), which marked the limit of Roman influence in Britain.
The discovery was made by two treasure-hunting enthusiasts who came across several muddy Roman coins. After their accidental finds, proper archaeological work began, bringing to light more coins, fragments of amphorae of wine, olive oil and garum from France and the Mediterranean area.
The southwestern region of Britain has always been considered relatively independent from the rest of the Roman province. The findings prove, however, that it could have been completely different.
The found road, according to scientists, could have been created in the late 50s CE, and it was developed for the next 300 years. The dishes, in turn, prove that the local inhabitants were influenced by Roman culture, and their diet included wine or olive oil.