Element record MCC2762 - Robbed Roman Circus Wall, Colchester Garrsion PFI site (Site J), Colchester


Three robber trenches mark the position of the Roman Circus wall foundations, recorded by 2002 evaluation.


Grid reference TL 99476 24501 (point)
Map sheet TL92SE
County ESSEX


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

Trench J6 (Area J) contained three robber-trenches, aligned E to W (JF605-JF606, JF608). The robber trenches mark the position of the wall foundations of the Circus Cavea. The fills of the trenches contain Roman brick, limestone, and greensand fragments with mortar adhering, an indication of the composition of the foundations which once stood here. The materials in the foundation are typically Roman, and there can be little doubt that the robbed foundations were originally part of a Roman structure.<1>

Subsequent excavation (ECC2981, Area J1) in 2004-5 demonstrated the robber trenches were the remains of the Roman Circus.<2>

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Evaluation Report: Brooks, Howard (CAT). 2002. An archaeological evaluation by trial-trenching on Areas A, B, D, GJ H, J, N, V and YP at Colchester Garrison PFI site, Colchester, Essex. CAT Report 206, p.35 & Figs. 10-11.
  • <2> EXCAV REPORT: Pooley, L., Crummy, P., Shimmin, D., Brooks., H., Holloway, B. and Masefield, R.. 2011. Archaeological investigations on the 'Alienated Land', Colchester Garrison, Colchester, Essex. CAT Report 412, pp.41-65.

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Record last edited

Dec 19 2016 8:36AM

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