Element record MCC2772 - Roman ditch, Colchester Garrsion PFI site (Area O), Colchester


Roman ditch aligned NW to SE, containing 1st to 3rd century pottery, discovered within Trench O1 (Area O of the Colchester Garrison PFI Site), undertaken in 2004.


Grid reference TL 99558 23892 (point)
Map sheet TL92SE


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

During the evaluation in Area O, three archaeological features were recorded. They consisted of a Roman ditch (OF1), an undated later re-cut associated with it (OF2) and a natural feature (OF3) which had been cut by OF2.
The ditch is likely to have been boundary ditches forming part of a Roman field system, with the pottery from OF1 confirming a Roman date. The second linear feature OF2 is likely to have been a re-cut of the earlier boundary ditch. The features that have been observed indicate that the landscape was being used for agriculture. This interpretation, combined with the lack of any evidence for structures such as post-holes and association debris, is consistent with Area O being a primarily rural site.<1>

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Evaluation Report: Holloway, Ben (CAT). 2004. An archaeological evaluation by trial-trenching at Area O of the Garrison Urban Village, Colchester, Essex. CAT report 272, p.4 & Fig. 2.

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  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Dec 19 2016 10:39AM

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