Monument record MCC660 - Roman building, Site A Osborne Street, Colchester


Partial remains of a small Roman building with timber walls and daub (tessellated later) floor (CAT Building 178), recorded during excavations at Osborne Street, 1988-89.


Grid reference TL 99885 24880 (point)
Map sheet TL92SE
County ESSEX


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

Roman structural remains consisting of an east-west line of timber planks, probably originally vertical and supported by timber posts which together with a post and a small pit cut a thick layer of topsoil. The planks may have belonged to a small building, although the limited evidence does not rule out the possibility that they were in fact part of some timber revetment. A daub floor was sealed by an occupation layer, associated with a post-hole, and a burnt layer, possibly a hearth. A tessellated pavement on a sand base was added to the room in the mid 2nd century. These fragmentary remains probably belonged to the rear of a building that fronted onto the Roman street lying beneath St Botolph's Street (CAT Building 178). From re-used 1st century tile found elsewhere at Osborne Street and the limited stratified pottery, a late 1st- or 2nd century date was suggested for the building.<1>

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Article in serial: Shimmin, Don (CAT). 1994. Excavations at Osborne Street, Colchester. Volume 25, pp.46-59. pp.47-48 & Figs. 2-3.

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Record last edited

Oct 14 2016 3:02PM

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