Monument record MCC2826 - Roman town ditch, 14 Vineyard Street, Colchester


The southern side of an E-W orientated ditch situated 18m beyond the town wall was defined in a small evaluation trench at 14 Vineyard Street. The location and datable finds suggest this is the outer side of Roman Colchester's town ditch.


Grid reference TL 99860 25001 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE
County ESSEX


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

The major feature identified in this trench was Feature 1 which is almost certainly the southern (outer) side of the defensive ditch which lay beyond the Roman and Medieval town wall (MCC859). The datable finds from limited excavation of the fill indicate that the ditch cutting located here is Roman (rather than a later medieval recut). Although the ditch appeared to be sealed by layer 5, the soil definition at that level was poor and it is possible that Layer 5 actually forms the uppermost level of ditch fill.<1>

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Evaluation Report: Holloway, Ben (CAT). 2006. An archaeological evaluation at 14 Vineyard Street, Colchester, Essex March 2006. CAT Report 363.

Finds (0)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Dec 19 2016 3:43PM

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