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Further to the excavations of 1995, the southern end of Trench A was re-opened so that the trench could be extended to expose the entire width of the ditch. An additional trench was positioned east-west in order to locate the west and east sides of the temple ambulatory.
Two further trenches were positioned relative to the white lines with the aim of obtaining the alignment of the temple portico. These trenches C and D were located obliquely at 45 degrees across the white lines on the NE and SE inner and middle portico. An addition to Trench C extended to locate the position of the outer east portico wall alignment.
The ditch in Trench A was excavated to a depth of approximately 1.2m over its entire 10 meter width and backfilled at the end of the season.
The excavations of Trenches C and D resulted in a good alignment for the east inner and middle portico. All the foundations in the excavated sections had been robbed with the exception of that in the middle east alignment in Trench Di where in situ mortar and septaria was found. The extra trench section Ci revealed an outer east robbed wall. A small linear feature recorded just outside the temple, was thought to be on the same alignment as the one recorded under the sign board. <1>
CAT Excavations at Gosbecks Archaeological Park, Colchester, 1995 - 1999 (Ref: ECC2723)
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