Element record MCC1290 - Roman hypocaust, Castle Park, Colchester


Roman hypocaust observed during excavation of a pipe trench in Castle Park, recorded in 1983.


Grid reference TL 99959 25425 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE
County ESSEX


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The remains of a probable Roman hypocaust were observed during the excavation of a pipe trench in Castle Park, 1983 (ECC375). The remains consisted of a badly disturbed series of tile stacks, set in yellowish mortar with burnt inner edges, which appeared to form channels. The hypocaust was bound to the south by a wall foundation as represented by an east-west robber trench (see MCC1291) which in turn met a north-south robber trench/wall foundation (see MCC1292). This separated two tessellated pavements, presumably in different rooms (see MCC1293 and MCC1294) the western one of which was defined along its southern edge by another robber trench/wall foundation (see MCC1295).<1> All these remains are likely to represent three or more rooms of a Roman building.

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  • <1> Monograph: Crummy, Philip. 1992. CAR 6: Excavations at Culver Street, the Gilberd School, and other sites in Colchester 1971-85. 6. p.372.

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Jan 23 2017 1:34PM

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