Monument record MCC549 - Roman aqueduct? on Balkerne Hill, Colchester


Roman aqueduct? discovered during excavations at Balkerne Lane in 1973-6.


Grid reference TL 99202 25098 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE
1848 Parish ST PETER


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During excavations at Balkerne Lane in 1973-6 (ECC332), a substantial timber structure was discovered crossing the site of a demolished building (MCC547) and area of rubbish dumping in a south-west to north-east direction. It was followed for a distance of 43m and appeared to continue in both directions beyond the edge of the excavation.

The structure was situated immediately to the rear of the buildings and plots which fronted onto the main London - Colchester Street (MCC475) and was located on a 5m wide strip of land which was defined to the north and south by fences and ditches (see MCC473).

The structure consisted of a row of paired posts placed in post pits aligned with the direction of the structure. The structure was probably substantial and well-formed and, although its exact purpose is unclear, 'a plausible explanation is that it was an aqueduct'. <1>

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Serial: Crummy, Philip. 1981. CAR 3: Excavations at Lion Walk, Balkerne Lane and Middleborough, Colchester, Essex. 3. pp.119-121.

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Oct 18 2016 8:06AM

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