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Association marks anniversary by remembering Romans

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 28, 2012

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Anyone who ever wondered just what the Romans did do for the Westcountry can find out more at a museum event.

The Roman Exeter symposium, on February 23 next year, at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, which will run in connection with 150th anniversary celebrations of the Devon Association (DA), will give visitors the chance to learn about the Roman influence on the city and surrounding areas.

The event will include presentations on excavations in 1970s that revealed the legionary fortress, the Roman bath house and the remains of the basilica.

There will be an opportunity to visit the gallery where some of the museum's collection of Roman artefacts is displayed.

Other recent discoveries will also be covered including the site at St Loyes and evidence of Roman occupation west of the city.

Professor Antony Buller, of the DA Exeter Branch and executive committees' member, said: "From March to June, the Devonshire Association is celebrating its 150th anniversary under the patronage of the Earl and Countess of Devon. At the heart of the celebrations is a special programme of open events for members and non-members alike including the symposium entitled Roman Exeter."

Founded in 1862 and with more than 1,300 members, the association is understood to be one of the oldest societies of its kind in Britain and is dedicated to the study and appreciation of all things Devonian.

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