Site Event/Activity record ECC951 - Excavation, 'Logarth' garden by B.P. Blake, Colchester, 1963/4


Location Nunn's Road, Colchester
Grid reference TL 9948 2540 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE



Colchester Borough Council, Museums Service





Excavation by B.P. Blake on behalf of the Colchester Excavation Committee ahead of the construction of an approach road to a new multi-storey car park. A trench was dug by machine, to prescribed limits of depth, in the garden of 'Logarth' and revealed a second century masonry building of two phases together with an east-west street and north-south street. Two rooms were found containing a tessellated pavement and mosaic floor, situated at the south east corner of Insula 2. The rooms were disturbed by 'all manner of digging ranging from modern and 17th century rubbish pits to shallow circular holes which may well have been Saxon hearths for some industrial working of which only the ash and slag remain. Above the western floor was found Anglo-Saxon pottery and a bone spindle and whorl’. Beneath the house was at least one other structure. <1><2><3><4> Bad weather, lack of labour and adequate supervisory staff made the operation difficult so that a depth limit to the work imposed by the future development of the area as an approach road for the North Hill multi-storey car park proved a blessing.<5> Excavation work was continued in the area during 1964 (see ECC940) and later in 1965 (see ECC949).

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> DESC TEXT: Dunnett, B. Rosalind. K.. 1971. Inventory of Roman Colchester (unpublished MA thesis). Insula 2.
  • <2> Article in serial: Dunnett, B.R.K.. 1966. Excavations on North Hill, Colchester. 123:1. p29.
  • <3> EXCAV REPORT: Colchester Excavation Committee. 1965. Challenge Accepted. Preliminary report on excavations in Colchester 1964-5.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Unknown. 1964. Colchester SMR file: 'Logarth, 1963/4'.
  • <5> Serial: Colchester Museums. 1974. Colchester Museum Reports 1962-1974. 1962-1974. 1963/4, p9.

Related Monuments/Buildings (8)

  • Anglo-Saxon industrial activity, NCP Car Park site, Nunn's Road, Colchester (Element)
  • Anglo-Saxon pottery, NCP Car Park site, Nunn's Road, Colchester (Find Spot)
  • Element Group, Logarth Excavation (Element Group)
  • Roman building within Insula 2, Nunn's Road, Colchester (Monument)
  • Roman drain, Logarth House, Nunn's Road, Colchester (Element)
  • Roman street and drain between Insulae 2 and 3, Colchester (Monument)
  • Roman street between Insula 2 and 10, NCP Car Park site, Nunn's Road, Colchester (Monument)
  • Roman street, Colchester (Monument)

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Feb 9 2016 8:02AM

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