Site Event/Activity record ECC1815 - Excavation at 5 Maidenburgh Street, Colchester, 1964


Location 5 Maidenburgh Street, Colchester
Grid reference Centred TL 9981 2529 (16m by 6m)
Map sheet TL92NE



Colchester Excavation Committee


September-October 1964



In September 1964, demolition of 5 Maidenburgh Street, prior to use of the site as a car park, made an area c.38m x 10m available for excavation, which was undertaken for 6 weeks in September - October 1964 under the direction of B.R.K. Niblett (nee Dunnett) for the Colchester Excavation Committee. Two trenches were cut across the line of the Norman rampart which crossed the east end of the site. Beneath 0.6m of modern rubble and garden soil, a series of tips of sand, gravel and Roman tile and mortar was encountered. The maximum thickness of the deposit was 0.6m which was felt to represent the remnant of the rampart. Immediately in front of the rampart on the edge of the bailey ditch was an inhumation burial (no. 9), possibly of Saxon date. Several loose bones indicated the possibility of other burials in the area. The eastern lip of the Norman bailey ditch was also located, immediately in front of the rampart.<1>

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Article in serial: Drury, P. J.. 1983. 'Aspects of the origins and development of Colchester Castle'. 139. pp.342-346.

Related Monuments/Buildings (6)

  • ?Anglo-Saxon inhumation burial, Maidenburgh Street, Colchester (Element)
  • Castle Inner Bailey Ditch, Colchester (Monument)
  • Colchester Castle Bailey Rampart, Colchester (Monument)
  • Disturbed inhumation burial, 5 Maidenburgh Street, Colchester (Element)
  • Precinct of the Roman Temple of Claudius, Colchester (Monument)
  • Roman wall within Temple of Claudius Precinct (Insula 22), Colchester (Element)

Record last edited

May 25 2018 2:49PM

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