Site Event/Activity record ECC4358 - Archaeological monitoring and recording along Balkerne Hill, Colchester, 2019-20


Location Balkerne Hill, Colchester
Grid reference Centred TL 9927 2526 (99m by 456m)
Map sheet TL92NE
County ESSEX



Colchester Archaeological Trust Ltd


July 2019 - February 2020



Groundworks, comprising trenches for power and lighting cables, joint holes, feeder pillars and cabinets, were monitored by Colchester Archaeological Trust in 2019 and 2020 during the installation of lighting along the Town Wall on Balkerne Hill. The works largely occurred through modern and some post-medieval layers, showing that soil layers against this section of the Roman town wall are largely of modern date to a depth of c.0.6-0.7m below current ground level. The only significant archaeological remains were present 2.0m to the south of Balkerne Gate, where a small section of Roman gravel surface was uncovered. First identified during excavations in the 1970s, this surface is part of the via sagularis.<1>

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Watching Brief Report: Pooley, Laura. 2020. Archaeological investigation (Phases 1 & 2) on works along Middleborough and Balkerne Hill, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TG. CAT Report 1455.

Related Monuments/Buildings (4)

  • Roman Balkerne Gate, Colchester (Monument)
  • The Roman Legionary Fortress, Colchester (Monument)
  • Town Wall, Colchester (Monument)
  • Via Sagularis of Colchester's Roman Legionary Fortress (Monument)

Record last edited

Mar 23 2020 1:51PM

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