Element record MCC3070 - A metalled surface and debris from the demolition of a Roman building, 2-3 Priory Street, Colchester
|Grid reference||TM 00 25 (point)|
|Non Parish Area||COLCHESTER, COLCHESTER, ESSEX|
Type and Period (2)
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.
- <1> SCC1059 Evaluation Report: Wightman, Adam (CAT). 2014. An archaeological evaluation by trial-trenching at 2-3 Priory Street, Colchester, Essex November 2014. CAT Report 800.
- None recorded
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Record last edited
Jan 9 2017 11:53AM