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A trial-trench (9m x 1.6m) was excavated by the Colchester Archaeological Trust to the rear of 2-3 Priory Street in Colchester town centre prior to the construction of a new extension.<1>
Roman deposits, including at least one in situ surface and debris from the demolition of a Roman building, were identified at the northern end of the evaluation trench. Previous archaeological investigations in the close vicinity have suggested that there was at least one extra-mural building of late Roman date in this area.
The evaluation was followed by remedial investigations in 2017 (ECC3968) and further archaeological investigations in 2018 (ECC4149).
The Roman deposits on the site had been truncated by medieval inhumation burials associated with the Priory of St Botolph. A significant quantity of disarticulated human bone was recovered and reburied and two articulated skeletons, both young individuals, were uncovered at depths of only 0.68m and 0.74m below the modern ground level.
Evaluation Report: Wightman, Adam (CAT). 2014. An archaeological evaluation by trial-trenching at 2-3 Priory Street, Colchester, Essex November 2014. CAT report 800.
Related Monuments/Buildings (3)
MCC3070A metalled surface and debris from the demolition of a Roman building, 2-3 Priory Street, Colchester (Element)
MCC9297Inhumation cemetery to the north of St Botolph's Priory Church, Colchester (Monument)
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