Element record MCC1979 - Roman masonry wall, Telephone Exchange Site (Insula 11), Colchester


Roman masonry wall discovered during excavations at the Telephone Exchange Site in 1950.


Grid reference TL 99502 25301 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE
County ESSEX


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Full Description

A Roman wall foundation discovered during excavations at the Telephone Exchange Site in 1950 (ECC872). The wall was situated on the western edge of Insula 11 alongside a north-south street (MCC760). The wall was built of septaria and mortar. The length exposed was 37ft. and the width was 2ft. 6in, widening further down to 3ft. 6in. The foundation was 2ft 9in. deep. The top of the masonry was 6ft. below the ground surface. At its south end the foundation widened out on both sides to form a rectangular pier, the length of which was not ascertained. The width was approximately 5ft. with the same offsets widening it below. The wall was nearly parallel to the street . It appeared to have been robbed-out in Roman times.<1>

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Monograph: Hull, M. Rex. 1958. Roman Colchester: Reports of the Research Committee of the Society of Antiquaries of London. No. XX. p.98.

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Record last edited

Oct 28 2016 1:25PM

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