Monument record MCC7463 - The Triple Dyke: part of the Iron Age territorial oppidum and Romano-British town of Camulodunum

Summary

A well preserved section of the Triple Dyke built to strengthen the line of Shrub End Dyke at its northern end.

Location

Grid reference TL 962 258 (point) (Centred on)
Map sheet TL92NE
Non Parish Area COLCHESTER, COLCHESTER, ESSEX

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Full Description

A well preserved section of the Triple Dyke built to strengthen the line of Shrub End Dyke at its northern end. Number 4a on the plan in Colchester Museums `Roman Colchester'. <1> The area between TL 965245 and 964247 is scheduled and an upstanding monument consisting of a triple rampart and external ditch to the west. The extension to the north, to the Colne is not extant but a virtually certain line; the extension to the south is partially extant and partially certain course of, but not extant. Source 2 notes that the area of the dyke at TL 964257 was excavated by B Blake in 1971 bt no details yet published. <2> <3> Photos in SMR. <4> This source suggests construction after the Roman conquest - see 11635. <5> <6> Unusual in that it consists of three banks and ditches. <7> Scheduling revised and new SAM number assigned April 2002. Now SAM 29460 instead of Essex 10A. <8>

Site Assessment = The dyke is grassed in the wooded area adjoining Straight Road; it is maintained by the Borough Council whose recreational area bounds the monument on the west side. <1> The dyke has disappeared for most of its length; the surviving part is scheduled. <7>

Sources/Archives (11)

  • --- DESC TEXT: Colchester Museum. 1997. The Colchester Iron Age Dyke System - An Integrated Management Plan.
  • --- DESC TEXT: Colchester Museum. 1997. The Colchester Iron Age Dyke System - A Programme of Works.
  • --- DESC TEXT: Colchester Museum. 1997. The Colchester Iron Age Dyke System - Task Plans.
  • <1> DESC TEXT: AMRF. unknown. Ancient Monument Record Form, Essex 10g. copy in SMR.
  • <2> DESC TEXT: unknown. 1960 0nwards. SMR form unknown.
  • <3> DESC TEXT: Colchester Archaeology Group. unknown. Colchester Archaeol Group Ann Bull. Vol 7, p.47.
  • <4> Photograph: unknown. unknown. TL92-007. 10 frames.
  • <5> DESC TEXT: unknown. unknown. The Dykes.
  • <6> Map: unknown. unknown. The dykes.
  • <7> DESC TEXT: Brooks, H. 1972. The linear Earthworks around Colchester. A4 file.
  • <8> Scheduling record: English Heritage. 2002. The Triple Dyke - SM 29460. 29460.

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Nov 3 2015 11:41AM

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