Element record MCC3070 - A metalled surface and debris from the demolition of a Roman building, 2-3 Priory Street, Colchester


An in situ metalled surface and debris from the demolition of a Roman building defined in an evaluation trench at 2-3 Priory Street in 2014.


Grid reference TM 00 25 (point)
Map sheet TM02NW
County ESSEX


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

A metalled surface (L4) and a compact layer of mortar and silty-clay (L5), defined at a depth of 0.59m BMGL in an evaluation trench at 2-3 Priory Street (in advance of the erection of a new rear extension). These two layers, along with a layer of Roman brick/tile fragments and mortar (mostly opus signinum) (L6), are Roman deposits that have been heavily truncated by the later medieval inhumation burials (MCC3069). Sherds of pottery and a coin recovered during the cleaning of L6 suggest that these layers are late Roman (probably 4th century) in date.<1>

The deposits are evidence of an extra-mural building to the south of the walled town which may have fronted onto the Roman road that followed the line of modern-day St Botolph’s Street. The finds dating evidence suggests that activity in this area continued into the late Roman period.

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Evaluation Report: Wightman, Adam (CAT). 2014. An archaeological evaluation by trial-trenching at 2-3 Priory Street, Colchester, Essex November 2014. CAT Report 800.

Finds (0)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

Related Events/Activities (1)

Record last edited

Jan 9 2017 11:53AM

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