Monument record MCC1587 - Roman building, 44 North Hill (Insula 1b), Colchester


Roman masonry building discovered during excavations at 44 North Hill (Insula 1b) in 1967.


Grid reference TL 99356 25407 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE
County ESSEX


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

During excavations at 44 North Hill in 1967 (ECC658), a Roman masonry building was discovered. Unfortunately the excavations failed to show the limits of the building but three rooms were identified with walls of mortar and septaria resting on gravel and mortar foundations. During the buildings initial phase the floors were all of trampled clay. These floors were all replaced between three and five times. An internal partition wall built of clay blocks was also located. In the fourth century the building was extensively refurbished with walls demolished and new walls built. The floors were also renewed with opus signinum and had all been replaced by tessellated pavements when they became worn. Some of the demolition debris from the building included painted plaster, roofing tiles and clay which suggested the superstructure had been built in part at least of wattle and daub.<1>

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Article in serial: Dunnett, B.R.K.. 1971. Excavations in Colchester, 1964-8. Transactions of the Essex Archaeological Society Vol. 3, Part 1. pp.44-45.

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Record last edited

Dec 8 2016 2:45PM

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