Monument record MCC499 - Pre-Boudican Roman building, Balkerne Hill, Colchester


Pre-Boudican Roman building discovered at the Balkerne Lane excavations in 1973-6.


Grid reference TL 99206 25113 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE
1848 Parish ST PETER


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Full Description

During excavations at Balkerne Lane in 1973-6 (ECC332) a Roman building (CAT Building 44) dated to the early years of the Colonia was discovered. The building was one of a group of three or more building structures (see MCC516 and MCC517) which were aligned east-west and fronted onto the former Via Sigularis (MCC479) of the abandoned Legionary fortress.

The walls of the building were almost exclusively of stake-and-wattle type, as evidenced by the collapsed northern wall of the building, with the exception of one room which had a wall built of round posts dropped into a single trench. Other structural remains included daub floors and two ovens, a large pit, and a hearth. A gravelled area to north of the building was probably a yard.

The building was extensively burnt during the Boudican revolt.<1>

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Monograph: Crummy, Philip. 1981. CAR 3: Excavations at Lion Walk, Balkerne Lane and Middleborough, Colchester, Essex. 3. pp.93-154.

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Record last edited

Oct 14 2016 9:52AM

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