Army departure leaves Roman lifestyle behind

Archaeologists in Devon County, England are pondering the remains of a Roman settlement which thrived after the Roman army left the area for northern conquests.

Among the buildings discovered was a high status Roman building, complete with "glazed pottery from southern Europe, a tiled roof and even glass windows."

"The settlement is from a critical phase of British history after the occupation of the West Country and after the army moved on at a time when the local civil population was assimilated in to the Roman world. It is the transition from the old native British traditions to the Roman way of life," said Bill Horner, Devon County archaeologist.