Monument record MCC2396 - Roman building, 5 Balkerne Gardens, Colchester


Roman timber building discovered during excavations at 5 Balkerne Gardens in 1965.


Grid reference TL 99343 25212 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE
County ESSEX


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A Roman timber building discovered during excavations at 5 Balkerne Gardens in 1965 (ECC659). The building was represented by a line of massive post pits, 25ft. apart and two feet in diameter. A similar posthole was found parallel to and 22ft. north of the first and eighteen inches north of this was a timber lined gully which the excavator interpreted as an eaves drip. The southern line of post holes was thought to represent an internal wall. The building had a clay floor which had been renewed once.

As it produced little evidence of domestic occupation, the building was interpreted as a barn or warehouse which was ultimately destroyed by fire resulting in the carbonisation of the timber in the gully and one of the posts in the post pits, together with a thick spread of burnt daub across the whole site. Pottery sealed by the destruction layer indicated that the fire could not have pre-dated AD. 160 'and may well have been considerably later'.<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.52-53.

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Record last edited

Dec 8 2016 3:50PM

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