Isca Dumnoniorum (Exeter) Town

Roman Town

Isca Dumnoniorum  was the Civitas Capital of the Dumnonii. Around 75AD work on the town’s forum and basilica had begun on the site of the former principia and by the late-second century the town walls were built, 10 feet (3 metres) thick and 20 feet (6 metres) high, enclosing the same area as the earlier fortress. The town was in decline by the late-fourth century but one of the major public buildings continued to be occupied into the seventh, and it is known that a colony of “Britons” who lived together in a quarter of the old town were expelled by the Saxon king Aethelstan in the tenth century.