Element record MCC2922 - Late Iron Age double-ditched trackway


Late Iron Age double-ditched trackway excavated during 2003.


Grid reference Centred TL 99440 23464 (30m by 63m)
Map sheet TL92SE
County ESSEX


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

A double-ditched trackway was excavated in Area 2 on the site in 2003 which post-dates the Middle Iron Age enclosure (MON1062), cutting through both the enclosure and the round house, suggesting that both were no longer visible at the time of the tracks construction. The trackway is aligned with the eastern and western sides of the enclosure, and is also on a similar alignment to the Late Iron Age/early Roman system of double-ditched trackways in Areas 6 and 10.

The function of the trackway is assumed to be stock management, probably related to the Late Iron Age to mid-Roman farmstead recorded in the south-eastern corner of Kirkee McMunn barracks (MON998). Dating through pottery remains and associations with other features on site indicates the ditches could have been cut as early as c 50-25 BC and went out of use sometime in the Roman period. <1><2>

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> EXCAV REPORT: Brooks, Howard (CAT) and Masefield, Robert (RPS Group). 2005. The Colchester Garrison PFI project, Colchester Essex: a report on the 2002 excavation of Areas 2, 6, 10. CAT report 292, pg 12-13.

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Record last edited

Oct 22 2009 2:28PM

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