Post-Roman Devon

Evidence of the post-Roman inhabitants of Devon, native Britons and invading Saxons, is limited. However, there are remarkable finds of imported 6th century Mediterranean pottery from sites such as Bantham Ham in South Devon. Increasingly discoveries such as these shed light on a vital but archaeologically elusive period.

Imported 6th century eastern Mediterranean wine amphora from Bantham Ham, South Devon. Photo: Reproduced by kind permission of Exeter City Council.There are first millennium AD Christian British memorial stones in north, south and west Devon and also some Saxon cross shafts across the county. Archaeological evidence from Exeter’s Cathedral Close suggests that Christian practice continued from the late Roman into the Saxon period.

Find out more about these sites by viewing the Devon Historic Environment Record.