Monument record MCC1593 - Roman building, Balkerne Gardens, Colchester


Roman timber-framed building discovered during excavations at Balkerne Gardens in 1965.


Grid reference TL 99329 25209 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE
County ESSEX


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During excavations at Balkerne Gardens in 1965 (ECC659), the remains of a large, timber-framed Roman building were discovered. Evidence for the building took the form of a line of massive post pits 25ft. apart and 2ft. in diameter. A similar post pit was found to the north-west, thought to be from a second parallel line. Immediately north of this was a timber-lined gully or drain (MCC1592) which was interpreted as an eaves drip for the building. The southern line of post holes was thus felt to be from an internal wall. The building had a clay floor but was other wise featureless. As it produced little evidence for domestic refuse the building was interpreted as a barn or warehouse. The structure had been destroyed by a fire leaving carbonised timbers in situ. The fire did not pre-date A.D. 160 and 'may well have been considerably later'.<1>

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  • <1> Article in serial: Dunnett, B.R.K.. 1971. Excavations in Colchester, 1964-8. Transactions of the Essex Archaeological Society Vol. 3, Part 1. p.52.

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Dec 8 2016 3:21PM

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