Site Event/Activity record ECC2911 - Archaeological monitoring at Area B1b, Colchester Garrison, Colchester, 2015-2017


Location Area B1b, Colchester Garrison, Flagstaff Road, Colchester
Grid reference Centred TL 9975 2461 (180m by 221m)
Map sheet TL92SE
County ESSEX



Colchester Archaeological Trust Ltd


July 2015 – October 2017



In 2015-2017, Colchester Archaeological Trust completed the ‘Stage 2 and 3’ archaeological mitigation investigations on restricted impact locations at Colchester Garrison Alienated Land (GAL) Area B1b (previously known as Flagstaff House, now known as Arena Place) of Taylor Wimpey’s wider Colchester Garrison Alienated Land development. The investigations consisted of further trenched evaluation (ECC2913) and excavation (ECC2912) followed by monitoring of groundworks during the construction phase (ECC2911).<1><2> Archaeological monitoring of all groundworks on the development site took place over two years. The main elements consisted of groundworks for the new north/south access road and a myriad of service trenches (for drainage, water, gas and electricity). The service trenches usually measured c.0.5m wide and the manholes 2-3 square metres, and were dug to depths of between 0.7-1.6m below ground level. Only where significant archaeological remains were encountered were the groundworks recorded1 and, where possible, these remains were not excavated but recorded and left in situ. Excavation only occurred when the remains would have been truncated by the groundworks.

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> EXCAV REPORT: Pooley, Laura with Crummy Philip and Masefield, Rob. 2019. The Roman Circus and St John's Abbey: Stage 2 and 3 archaeological mitigation investigations on Colchester Garrison 'Alienated Land' Area B1b, off Napier Road, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7NU. CAT Report 1466, 14.
  • <2> Written Scheme of Investigation: Masefield, Rob. 2015. Revised Written Scheme of Investigation (WSI) for Stages 2 & 3 Archaeological Mitigation, Area B1B, Colchester Garrison.

Related Monuments/Buildings (6)

  • Flagstaff Complex, Colchester Garrison, Colchester (Monument)
  • Precinct wall of St John's Abbey, Colchester (Monument)
  • Roman Circus 200m south of Abbey House, Colchester (Monument)
  • Roman Circus, Colchester (Monument)
  • St John's Abbey, Colchester (Monument)
  • St John's Abbey, Colchester (Monument)

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Mar 31 2020 8:07AM

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