Site Event/Activity record ECC2720 - A desk-based assessment on NHS Estates land west of the District General Hospital, Colchester, May 2000


Location Colchester District General Hospital, Colchester
Grid reference Centred TL 99239 27365 (440m by 866m)
Map sheet TL92NE
County ESSEX



Colchester Archaeological Trust Ltd





This desk-based assessment of the archaeological remains in and around a parcel of NHS Estates land west of the District General Hospital, Colchester was undertaken in May 2000. The area investigated covers approximately 13 hectares, and is located to the north of the modern town centre of Colchester, centred on grid reference (NGR) TL 9920 2750. The evaluation trenches demonstrated that the archaeological remains in this area are directly below the plough soil or topsoil, a depth of some 300-320mm below the modern ground surface. Therefore, any activity which cuts below this plough soil horizon will affect archaeological remains. Since all modern construction work begins with a top soil strip, it will undoubtedly have an impact on this site. However, there are areas where the archaeological remains are more deeply buried – nearer to the General Hospital the features are covered by up to 680mm of top soil and modern build-up. <1>

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Desk-based Assessment: Brooks, Howard and Orr, Kate (CAT). 2000. A desk-based assessment of the archaeological remains on NHS Estate land west of the District General Hospital, Colchester. CAT Report 78.

Related Monuments/Buildings (3)

  • Late Iron Age-early Roman pit, Trench 36 Northern Approach Road, Colchester (Element Group)
  • Roman ditch, Northern Approach Road Stage 1 (Turner Road to Boxted Road), Colchester (Element)
  • Roman finds, Trench 15 Northern Approach Road, Colchester (Find Spot)

Parent/preceding Site Events/Activities (1)

  • A trial-trenched evaluation on land west of Colchester General Hospital (NHS Estates West District Site), Colchester, 2001 (Ref: ECC2596)

Record last edited

Oct 9 2015 1:13PM

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