Element record MCC3006 - Medieval robber trench of Roman Circus wall, Area C1, Garrison Urban Village, Colchester


One of two substantial medieval robber trenches on position of Roman Circus wall, recorded in 2004.


Grid reference TL 9964 2456 (point)
Map sheet TL92SE
County ESSEX


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

One of two medieval robber trenches (with MCC3005) which had completely robbed-out two parallel east-west orientated Roman walls from the Roman Circus MCC2805 (although not fully realised at the time of excavation).

This robber trench was located on the second, smaller southern wall of the Roman structure, 4.4m to the south of the north wall and approximately 0.7m wide. Both walls had been completely robbed-out by the medieval robber trenches (although there was no suggestion that the original foundation trenches had been widened during the robbing). The remains of some Roman structural material (greensand stone, flint, septaria and Roman coursing tile) was found within the backfill of the robber trenches.<1>

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> EXCAV REPORT: Pooley, L., Holloway, B., Crummy, P. (CAT) and Masefield, R. (RPS Grp). 2006. Assessment report on the archaeological investigations carried out on Areas C1, C2, E, J1, O, Q and S1 of the Alienated Land, Colchester Garrison, including the Time Team trenches and the Alienated Land watching brief. CAT Report 361, p.29.

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Record last edited

Oct 20 2016 2:41PM

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