Site Event/Activity record ECC1448 - Excavation of Roman theatre, Maidenburgh Street, Colchester, 1981


Location Maidenburgh Street, Colchester
Grid reference Centred TL 9975 2536 (19m by 17m)
Map sheet TL92NE



Colchester Archaeological Trust Ltd


September 1981



In September 1981 excavations began on the site of a small car park south of No 72 Maidenburgh Street, which was to be redeveloped as part of the Borough Council's 'Dutch Quarter Phase Three' housing scheme. The aim of the excavation was to ascertain the nature of the Roman remains found on the site in the past (See ECC193, ECC424 and ECC425). The site concerned (Site A) lay directly in line with the curved foundation discovered in 1891, which were conjectured to be the remains of a Roman theatre. During excavation the top of the curved wall was found to be within 0.2m of the modern ground-level and survived to a height of 0.3 m above foundation. On the west side of the wall was a mortar corridor. A second trench (Site B) was dug to the south-west and sited so as to lie on the line of the foundations and corridor. Despite limited space for excavation, partly due to the depth of deposits (1.8m to the top of the floor), sufficient could be uncovered to enable the overall shape and dimensions of the theatre to be established. <1>

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Article in serial: Crummy, Philip. 1982. The Roman Theatre at Colchester. Britannia Volume 13 (1982), pp.299-302. p299-302.

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • Roman Theatre, Maidenburgh Street, Colchester (Monument)

Record last edited

Mar 11 2016 12:48PM

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