Monument record MCC793 - Roman building in Insula 34 (CAT Building 93), Culver Street, Colchester


Roman building within Insula 34 recorded during excavations at Culver Street between 1981-2 and 1984-5.


Grid reference TL 99462 25093 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE


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Full Description

During excavations at Culver Street between 1981-2 and 1984-5 (ECC337), a post-Boudican Roman building was discovered. The building was situated to the east of the former via principalis on the site of a re-used barrack block (MCC753) destroyed during the Boudican revolt.
It is unknown how soon the building was constructed after the Boudican revolt, but it was probably contemporary with other buildings in the near vicinity (MCC800, MCC811, MCC816 and MCC818).
The house had walls built of sandy clay constructed on timber ground-plates with some upright timbers. In one place the wall survived up to five courses in height. Only one room could be identified the floors of which were of the same sandy clay loam make-up as the walls. The floor in this room had been replaced three times and at one stage contained a hearth or oven. Stake holes cutting into the various floors did not form any recognisable pattern. To the west of the house was a lightly metalled open area or yard, which was later used for dumping. A drain or gully (MCC797) took water from this area to the side of the street to the north. Adjacent to the house was a timber-lined latrine pit.<1>

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Monograph: Crummy, Philip. 1992. CAR 6: Excavations at Culver Street, the Gilberd School, and other sites in Colchester 1971-85. 6. pp.65-67.

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Record last edited

Jan 20 2017 2:42PM

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