Monument record MCC117 - Undated enclosure complex north of the River Colne, Colchester


Undated rectilinear enclosure, with multiple internal divisions and associated pits, located west of Sheepen Bridge, Colchester, defined by air photography and investigated by a trial trench in 1952.


Grid reference TL 9823 2591 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

A rectilinear enclosure complex of undetermined date, with numerous associated pit like features visible on AP's.<1> The NMP plot shows considerably more than the Camulodunum II map.<2> The enclosure was excavated by R.J.M. Appleby in 1952. A trench was cut across one of the ditches and 'pottery was found in great abundance- all earlier than 1400' but 'the contents of the ditch below the water level (i.e. at 5ft) have not been sampled'. The date of the enclosure has not been established for certain since the bottom of the ditches have not been excavated. Its eastern boundary reflects the modern layout of the area, a fact which supports a post-Roman origin for the feature.<3>

The enclosure is associated with / in the vicinity of: an Annexe MORPH371.21.2, Ditch MORPH 371.22.1, Pits MORPH371.23.1, Extraction Pit MORPH371.23.1, Bank MORPH371.25.1, Enclosure MORPH372.1.1, Annexe MORPH372.1.2, Field boundary MORPH372.2.1 , Pit MORPH 372.3.1, Extraction Pit 372.4.1, Enclosure MORPH372.6.1<1>

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Cartographic materials: RCHME. 1994. National Mapping Programme Quarter sheet TL92NE. Overlay. MORPH 371.21.1.
  • <2> Serial: Hawkes, Christopher, F. C. & Crummy, Philip. 1995. CAR 11: Camulodunum II. 11. Loose Map ar back.
  • <3> Serial: Hawkes, Christopher, F. C. & Crummy, Philip. 1995. CAR 11: Camulodunum II. 11. p.131, No 64.

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Jan 23 2017 1:01PM

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