Site Event/Activity record ECC663 - Excavations behind 5 Queen Street, Colchester, 1966


Location 5 Queen Street, Colchester
Grid reference Centred TL 9998 2519 (11m by 15m)
Map sheet TL92NE



Colchester Excavation Committee


August-September 1966



Following the demolition of an 18th century warehouse behind No 5 Queen Street, a four week excavation of the site was undertaken in August and September 1966. The site overlay a small portion of Insula 31. Unfortunately work was hampered by the great depth of topsoil which covered the site which reached depths of between 11 and 13 feet. As a result the trenches were considerably smaller than had been originally intended. Post Roman remains consisted of robber trenches. Only trenches 2 and 3 were excavated down to the Roman levels and both revealed traces of a substantial masonry building. The Roman levels were found to overlay the natural subsoil but no trace of Boudican destruction was found. <1><2>

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Article in serial: Hebditch, Max. 1971. Excavations on the south side of the temple precinct at Colchester.. Transactions of the Essex Archaeological Society Vol. 3, 115-130. p85-91.
  • <2> Unpublished document: 1966. No.5 Queen Street.

Related Monuments/Buildings (2)

  • Late Roman building, 5a Queen Street (Insula 31), Colchester (Monument)
  • Roman building, 5a Queen Street (Insula 31), Colchester (Monument)

Record last edited

Mar 9 2016 3:39PM

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