Element record MCC1294 - Roman tessellated pavement, Castle Park (Insula 15), Colchester


Roman tessellated pavement in Castle Park (Insula 15), recorded in 1983.


Grid reference TL 99955 25414 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE
County ESSEX


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During excavation of a pipe trench in Castle Park in 1983 (ECC375) a tessellated pavement was recorded. The pavement was situated on the west side of a north-south robbed out wall foundation (MCC1292). To the south of the pavement was another foundation/robber trench running east-west (MCC1295) and to the north and east were further remains (see MCC1290, MCC1291, MCC1293).<1>
The pavement may have been previously exposed in 1928/9 when Rex Hull undertook minor excavations against the fence on the west side of Hollytrees meadow (see ECC797), "later trenching exposed remains of several walls and plain red tessellated floors all in a very fragmentary condition. The walls generally consisted of the foundation layer of mortar only, but here and there some blocks of septaria remained in position....The west wall of the room had been robbed'.<2> All of these remains probably represented three or more rooms of a 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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