Site Event/Activity record ECC2734 - Excavation of Gosbecks Theatre, Gosbacks Farm, Colchester, 1967


Location Cheshunt Field, Gosbecks Farm, Colchester
Grid reference Centred TL 96793 22314 (44m by 52m)
Map sheet TL92SE
County ESSEX



Dunnett, Rosalind


August to September 1967



Following investigations at the Gosbecks site by the Rev. Henry Jenkins in 1842, and M.R. Hull in the mid twentieth century, a more detailed investigation of the Roman theatre took place in 1967, directed by B.R.K. Dunnett. This excavation provided a plan of the site and a basic understanding of its construction. The 1967 excavations undertaken by the Colchester Excavation Committee were prompted by concerns over the long-tern survival of the site due to building works, gravel extraction and annual ploughing, which were gradually eroding the site. In 1950 the height of the cavea was recorded to be 6 ft.; by 1967, this was only 4.5 ft. Due to time constraints, excavation focused on the western half of the theatre, allowing the whole plan of the theatre to be recreated, presuming the building to be symmetrical. <1>

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Article in serial: Dunnett, Rosalind. 1971. The excavation of the Roman theatre at Gosbecks. Britannia, Vol. 2 (1971), pp. 27-47. pg 27-47.

Related Monuments/Buildings (5)

  • Harness pendant or amulet, Gosbecks theatre, Colchester (Find Spot)
  • Pre-Roman pit, Gosbecks theatre, Colchester (Element)
  • Roman coins from Gosbecks Theatre, Colchester (Find Spot)
  • Roman theatre, Gosbecks, Colchester (Monument)
  • Three pre-Roman pits, Gosbecks theatre, Colchester (Element)

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Mar 22 2016 3:55PM

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