Site Event/Activity record ECC4162 - Trial-trenched evaluation at 78 Straight Road, Colchester, 2018


Location 78 Straight Road, Colchester, CO3 9DB
Grid reference Centred TL 9647 2476 (15m by 3m)
Map sheet TL92SE
County ESSEX



Colchester Archaeological Trust Ltd


March 2018



A single trial trench, 8.0m long x 1.8m wide, was excavated across the footprint (and in advance of) a new dwelling (CBC planning application 180144). The trench was excavated through modern topsoil (L1, c.0.15-0.3m thick) onto natural (L2). The evaluation revealed the west side of a ditch, assumed to be the remains of the central ditch of the Triple Dyke (MCC7041). The eastern edge of the ditch was located outside the evaluation trench; three small test-holes suggest that the ditch measured between 5.2m-6.5m wide. The ditch was excavated to a depth of 0.9m but the base was not reached (and it was not possible to establish the depth by auger); the fill of the ditch was described as a 'soft, moist, medium yellow/brown slightly loamy sandy-silt, containing abundant gravel and stone'. There were no archaeological finds recovered from the evaluation.<1>

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Evaluation Report: Pooley Laura. 2018. The Triple Dyke: Archaeological evaluation at 78 Straight Road, Colchester, Essex, CO3 9DB. CAT Report 1253.

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • Triple Dyke, Colchester (Monument)

Record last edited

Apr 20 2018 2:35PM

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