Monument record MCC7468 - Sheepen Dyke, Colchester

Summary

The Sheepen Dyke (not visible) encloses the settlement on the Hillyfields close by the river which was navigable at that point.

Location

Grid reference TL 97 25 (point) (FCE)
Map sheet TL92NE
Non Parish Area COLCHESTER, COLCHESTER, ESSEX

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Type and Period (1)

Full Description

The Sheepen Dyke (not visible) encloses the settlement on the Hillyfields close by the river which was navigable at that point.<1><2> The dyke appears to have been filled in c.AD 43 although many parts of it may still exist below ground level.<3>

Site Assessment = The Sheepen Dyke was completely destroyed when the area was developed for industrial activity soon after the Roamn conquest.<1> A piece of the dyke was destroyed when the by-pass (Cymbeline Way) was constructed and the southern end destroyed when the land was levelled off to make a playing field, although it is possible that here a section survives below a considerable depth of topsoil below the playing field.<3>

see also MCC498.

Sources/Archives (6)

  • --- 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: unknown. unknown. The Dykes.
  • <2> Map: unknown. unknown. The dykes.
  • <3> DESC TEXT: Brooks, H. 1972. The linear Earthworks around Colchester. A4 file.

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Record last edited

Nov 30 2016 9:51AM

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