Monument record MCC5223 - St Helena School Drama Block, Sheepen Road, Colchester


Test pits revealed early Roman features and finds.


Grid reference Centred TL 9895 2580 (16m by 14m)
Map sheet TL92NE


Type and Period (3)

Full Description

Three small test-pits were excavated by hand next to the drama block, which is within the Schedule Monument of Sheepen. Three cut features of early Roman date including a ditch and post-hole were recorded. Pottery, animal bone, burnt flint, a coin, slag and Roman tile suggest domestic use.<1>
In June 2006 excavation of a foundation trench to the drama block revealed pits, ditches and a gully all dating from c.AD 5-60, sealed between 600mm and 750mm of topsoil. The type of pottery and presence pf bone, slag, daub and tile suggest domestic and industrial use similar to that identified as a result of the previous investigations at Sheepen.<2>

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> DESC TEXT: Orr, Kate. 2005. An archaeological evaluation of St Helena School Drama Block, Sheepen Road, Colchester, Essex. CAT Report 351.
  • <2> DESC TEXT: Orr, Kate. 2006. An archaeological ivestigation of a foundation trench at the drama block, St Helena School, Sheepen Road, Colchester, Essex. CAT Reort 384.

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Feb 6 2017 8:09AM

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