The Friends of the Colchester Archaeological Trust (FCAT) will be hosting an afternoon of ‘talks and tea’ on Saturday 11th February 2017 at the Lion Walk Congregational Church in Lion Walk, Colchester, Essex. The FCAT afternoon follows the FCAT AGM which will be held at the Roman circus centre in the morning, at 10.00 am.
The illustrated talks will be presented by Barbara Butler of the Colchester Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) and by three Trust (CAT) archaeologists about our recent archaeological discoveries, followed by tea and cake, when you can chat to the archaeologists. The Trust’s pottery specialist will be there with fragments of Roman pottery to handle and discuss, and our current magazine (published December 2016) will also be available to buy. This is a long-established annual event and we all enjoy it!
The afternoon event runs from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm. Admission is free for FCAT members and £2.00 per person for non-members of FCAT.
The event programme:
> Barbara Butler of the Colchester Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC), which meets every month at the Roman circus centre, will be giving a short talk about the YAC.
> Trust senior archaeologist Howard Brooks will talk about the evidence from our excavation at Brentwood in 2016. This was a fascinating town-centre site, of a timber-framed building with carriageway and yard which, the features and small finds suggest, included small workshops. We retrieved quantities of dress-pins and china egg-cups from the site! The surface of the carriageway even included some wheel-ruts.
> Trust director Philip Crummy will present a ‘magical mystery tour’ of the Antonine Itinerary* (Iter V and Iter IX) with reference to some of our recent sites in Essex, including Brentwood.
> Trust archaeologist Laura Pooley will talk about the really remarkable Roman foodstuffs from our excavation within the Williams & Griffin store (now Fenwick) in Colchester High Street in 2014, where we discovered the ‘Fenwick treasure’: the carbonised food remains are currently being studied by an archaeobotanist. (The foodstuffs are featured on the front cover of the Trust’s current magazine, published in December 2016.)
> Trust pottery specialist Steve Benfield will also be there with some examples of Roman pottery to handle and discuss. This will be some of the remarkable burnt and broken pottery from our excavation within the Williams & Griffin store, which he has recently been studying.
Both the foodstuffs and the pottery derive from the same room of a Roman house and represent the Boudican revolt of AD 60, when native Britons burned the Roman towns of London, St Albans and Colchester to the ground and massacred their inhabitants…
We look forward to seeing you!