Monument record MCC8591 - Colchester - Castle Gardens (NE of Duncan's Gate)


In 1978 work began erecting private houses over a large backfilled quarry pit (Everetts brickyard).


Grid reference TM 0008 2563 (point) (FCE)
Map sheet TM02NW


Type and Period (6)

Full Description

In 1978 work began erecting private houses over a large backfilled quarry pit (Everetts brickyard). The S boundary of the pit coincided closely with that of the new housing estate, therefore there was unlikely to be any further disturbance of the archaeology. Various Roman graves were found during quarrying. Also, when the bowling green was laid out to the W in 1935 earth moving revealed a mass of distubed human bone - the soil contained much Roman material, the bones undated. In 1978 two trenches were dug. Roman features recorded in the first were a N-S ditch, two pits and a shallow scoop containing a dense scatter of crushed, badly decayed animal bone. There was evidence also of disturbed Roman graves but no Anglo-Saxon material was found. The ditch contained pottery of the C3-C4. The two pits were dated c.AD 150-250. The bones in the shallow scoop were probably household refuse though there is a curious absence of oyster.<1>

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Monograph: Crummy, Philip. 1992. CAR 6: Excavations at Culver Street, the Gilberd School, and other sites in Colchester 1971-85. 6. pp.860-862.
  • <1> DESC TEXT: Crummy, P. 1992. Colchester Archaeological Report 6. Excavations at Culver Street, Gilberd School and other sites in Colchester. p.860.

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Protected Status/Designation

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Record last edited

Sep 18 2017 11:10AM

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