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Archaeological monitoring and recording was carried out at The Colchester Officers’ Club, St John’s Green, Colchester, during the groundworks for the installation of new gates and railings (CBC planning application 172149). The hand-excavation of all 25 pits was monitored, measuring 0.25m x 0.25m in size and 0.6m in depth to accommodate railings, and the two gatepost pits measuring 0.4m x 0.4m and 1m in depth. Excavations occurred through a layer of modern tarmac (L1, c 0.10-0.15m thick), modern topsoil (L2, c.0.10-0.20m thick, soft, moist dark grey/brown sandy-clay with charcoal, oyster, brick and tile feck inclusions and common gravel and stone inclusions) onto an accumulation layer (L3, soft, moist dark yellow/brown loamy-sand with charcoal, oyster, brick and tile fleck inclusions and common gravel and stone inclusions). No significant archaeological features were encountered. A small assemblage of finds was recovered from L3. There were a few sherds of Roman greyware and a sherd from a large Roman storage jar as well as a flange piece broken from a Roman tegula (roof) tile. A single rim sherd from a medieval cooking pot of late 13th to 14th century date was also recovered.<1>
Watching Brief Report: Hicks, Elliott. 2018. Archaeological monitoring at The Colchester Officers’ Club, 25 St John’s Green, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7EZ. CAT Report 1243.
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