Element Group record MCC1596 - Early Roman Element Group, 5 Balkerne Gardens, Colchester


Early Roman features discovered during excavations at 5 Balkerne Gardens in 1965.


Grid reference TL 99328 25217 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE
County ESSEX


Type and Period (4)

Full Description

During excavations at Balkerne Gardens in 1965 (ECC659), the earliest features were six Roman rubbish pits cut into a gravelled 'yard' surface. These pits were ultimately levelled and a thin clay floor surface was laid over the site. This floor was associated with three ovens (MCC1588, MCC1590, MCC1591) but was frequently renewed and a thick multiple layers accumulated, consisting of alternate clay floors and thin layers of occupation debris. These were associated with a number of stake holes. All these features were dated to the middle of the first century and were eventually levelled to make way for a building (MCC1593) but there was no clear evidence for the Boudican destruction.<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. p.52.

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Dec 8 2016 3:24PM

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