Site Event/Activity record ECC2797 - Evaluation at A Barber and Son, William's Walk, Colchester, 2008


Location William's Walk, Colchester
Grid reference Centred TL 99711 25345 (20m by 13m)
Map sheet TL92NE
County ESSEX



Colchester Archaeological Trust Ltd


March 2008



An archaeological trial-trenching evaluation of a site in Insula 13 of the Roman town found modern strata and footings lying over a considerable depth of post-medieval soils. The highest significant archaeological horizons were Roman in date, and were found at depths ranging from 1.3m - 2.1m below present site level (ie. The builder’s yard surface). A quantity of Roman brick and tile and other building material in residual contexts in the post-medieval soils were the only indication found of a Roman building. A small area of compacted gravel is likely to represent the north-south Roman street between Insula 12 and Insula 13. Historic maps indicate that this was an area of gardens in the post-medieval period. That fact, combined with the gradual infilling of buildings over the 18th to 20th centuries, would explain the depths of soil and the modern footings observed here. <1>

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  • <1> Evaluation Report: Holloway, Ben (CAT). 2008. Archaeological evaluation by trial-trenching at A. Barber and Son, 10 William's Walk, Colchester, Essex, March 2008. CAT Report 471.

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Mar 21 2016 11:45AM

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