Monument record MCC8664 - Kirkee McMunn Barracks


Roman occupation (and slight prehistoric activity, see 16847).


Grid reference Centred TL 9873 2315 (423m by 294m)
Map sheet TL92SE


Type and Period (9)

Full Description

Roman occupation (and slight prehistoric activity, see 16847). Trial trenching and observations in contractors' test pits from May to December 1994 showed evidence of a Roman settlement. The features recorded date from the first century AD, these include parts of two shallow ditches containing Sheepen-type pottery and two pits. Second to third century occupation is attested by a slot likely to have housed the ground-plate for a timber-framed structure; a small keyhole oven; a yard surface of compacted gravel; a fenceline; two parallel ditches and a hypocaust. During machining in the vicinity of the hypocaust further features were observed and limited excavation of a rectangular pit produced a quantity of 3rd-century pottery. <1> The features are interpreted as a possible villa, of a Romanised native type rather than that of Roman colonists.<1>

Site Assessment = The archaeological remains appear to lie relatively undisturbed either below the recent redevelopment or in the open ground to the east, and thus await the opportunity for more detailed excavation. The significant features excavated in the recent work were carefully backfilled and consolidated.<1>

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> DESC TEXT: Shimmin, D. 1994. A Late Iron Age and Roman occupation site at Kirkee McMunn Barracks. Colchester Archaeological Trust field Projects.

Finds (3)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

Related Events/Activities (1)

Record last edited

Nov 3 2015 11:41AM

Comments and Feedback

Do you have any more information about this record? Please feel free to comment with information and photographs, or ask any questions, using the "Disqus" tool below. Comments are moderated, and we aim to respond/publish as soon as possible.