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Colchester Young Archaeologists’ Club: March meeting

On Saturday (18th March), the Colchester Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) met here at the Roman circus centre for their March meeting. Colchester YAC organiser Barbara Butler writes: ‘… We had 17 Colchester YAC members at our meeting on Saturday. Our theme was clothing and armour, and we all discussed our favourite periods of history and […]

‘made in Colchester’: some medieval pottery from Mile End

                            On Tuesday (14th March), the Trust completed a large area excavation at ‘Chesterwell’, a development site at Mile End to the north of Colchester. The site is in an area of known medieval pottery kiln sites and it produced a very […]

the Trust excavates medieval kiln at Colchester

The Trust has been conducting a large area excavation at Mile End, to the north of Colchester town centre, ahead of the redevelopment of the site as a residential area (‘Chesterwell’). The excavation is finishing tomorrow (14th March). The site is in an area of known medieval pottery kilns and it also includes two kiln […]

well-built: a very interesting well at East Hill House

A very interesting well was uncovered this week by contractors in the yard between the main house and the coach-house at East Hill House.¬†East Hill House is the large Grade I-listed 18th-century mansion on the south side of East Hill in Colchester, and which is separated from the Minories by the roadway to firstsite. Trust […]

Roman circus site, visitor centre and tea room re-opening!

The Colchester Roman circus site, visitor centre and tea room will re-open for the summer on Tuesday 11th April 2017. Summer opening hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11.00 am-4.00 pm. The Roman circus site, visitor centre and tea room are pushchair-/wheelchair-accessible. Admission is free. We look forward to seeing you! .

Colchester Young Archaeologists’ February meeting

On Saturday (25th February), 20 members of the Colchester Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) met here at the Roman circus centre for their monthly meeting. Colchester YAC organiser Barbara Butler writes: ‘… We were pleased to welcome three new members at the meeting. We were also delighted that Trust archaeologist Adam Wightman was able to return, […]

Napier Road and General Sir Charles Napier

Today (17th February) in 1843, General Sir Charles Napier led a British force at the Battle of Meeanee. His victory there, and at the Battle of Hyderabad on the 24th March 1843, enabled him to annex the province of Sindh or Scinde in India (now part of Pakistan). In 1855-6, wooden hutted infantry barracks were […]

for St Valentine’s Day…

Yesterday (14th February) was St Valentine’s Day. St Valentine was a 3rd-century Roman saint, now associated with romantic love. On St Valentine’s Day, the Trust Tweeted and Facebooked the image of a Roman mosaic from Colchester with our very own Valentine’s Day message… In 1979, the Trust excavated a large Roman mosaic on our site […]

fine Friends of the Trust ‘talks and tea’

On Saturday (11th February), the Friends of the Trust (FCAT) held their annual afternoon of ‘talks and tea’ at the Lion Walk Congregational Church in Colchester. This followed their AGM on the same morning here at the Roman circus centre: the ‘talks and tea’ afternoon is open to FCAT members and non-members. The illustrated talks […]

two flint scrapers and some Fengate Ware pottery fragments

On Wednesday (8th February), two small flint scrapers were brought back to the Trust’s HQ from site. We are currently conducting a large area excavation on a rural site near Colchester. The two flint scrapers derive from a pit and they are very interesting. The site has also produced fragments of one or more pottery […]

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