Element record MCC628 - Late Roman Ditch, Balkerne Hill, Colchester


Late Roman ditch discovered during excavations at Balkerne Lane in 1973-6.


Grid reference TL 9922 2522 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE
1848 Parish ST PETER


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Full Description

During excavations at Balkerne Lane between 1973-6 (ECC332) a late Roman ditch was discovered in the side of a contractor's trench when the bulk excavations for the new road were well underway. The ditch ran north-south along the eastern edge of the late Roman town ditch (MCC659) and stopped close to the ambulatory wall of the Romano-Celtic temple (MCC556).

The purpose of the ditch is unknown but the excavators felt that a defensive role was likely. A second north-south ditch was located to the south (MCC627) but 'it is unlikely that both ditches were conceived as part of the same scheme'.<1>

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Serial: Crummy, Philip. 1981. CAR 3: Excavations at Lion Walk, Balkerne Lane and Middleborough, Colchester, Essex. 3. p.145.

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  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Oct 14 2016 4:35PM

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