Aerial view of the excavation at Danes Castle

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Aerial view of the excavation at Danes Castle

Rougemont Castle was besieged in the early 12th century by king Stephen who built a small ringwork castle of earth and timber on the opposite side of the Longbrook Valley to conduct the siege. Now known (wrongly) as Danes Castle, it stands behind Exeter Prison. The site was excavated in 1992–3 and was subsequently donated by South West Water to Exeter City.

This aerial photograph shows the excavation in 1993, following the removal of ditch fills.

Acknowledgments: Exeter Archaeology