Element Group record MCC2883 - Roman settlement evidence, Alienated Land Area B1a, Colchester Garrison, Colchester


Roman features suggesting some form of domestic/occupation activity in the 2nd-3rd centuries AD, recorded in 2007 (Stage 1b) evaluation.


Grid reference Centred TL 99713 24734 (12m by 31m)
Map sheet TL92SE
County ESSEX


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

Five Roman features were identified within the evaluation trenches along with a large quantity of residual Roman material, which suggests some form of domestic/occupation activity in the area, centring on the 2nd-3rd centuries. Other finds of 1st century pottery and a 4th century coin hint that this period may have been longer. 26 pieces of painted wall plaster and two post-holes are particularly significant and may suggest timber-framed buildings with some pretensions of grandeur.

It is interesting to note the close proximity of the Roman circus to this site. The features and finds may be associated with the Circus. However, the features and finds may be evidence of occupation which was unrelated, in which case this would be the closest known suburban occupation to the Circus and within an area which is otherwise surrounded by cemeteries.<1>

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Evaluation Report: Pooley, L., Brooks, H. and Holloway, B. (CAT). 2007. Stage 1b archaeological evaluation, Alienated Land Area B1a, Colchester Garrison. CAT Report 405, pp.6-15.

Finds (2)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Dec 20 2016 2:40PM

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