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Colchester Roman circus visitor centre is now CLOSED for the winter break

The Colchester Roman circus visitor centre and tea room closed for the winter break on the 30th September. We will re-open them on the 27th March 2018 *. The visitor centre is still in use during the autumn/winter: the Colchester Archaeological Group (CAG) and Colchester Recalled (CR, the oral history group) present public talks and hold their meetings here. The CAG talks are presented weekly (on Monday evenings) and the CR meetings, which each include a talk, are held monthly (on Thursday evenings). For details of these, please go to http://caguk.net/talks/ and www.colchesterrecalled.co.uk/meetings.html or consult the calendar on this web-site. The [read more…]

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all welcome at the big ‘tea and talks’ event on Saturday 17th February!

On Saturday 17th February ’18, the Friends of the Colchester Archaeological Trust (FCAT) will be hosting a big ‘tea and talks’ event at Lion Walk Congregational Church in Colchester. This is a long-established and popular annual event. Trust archaeologists will present brief illustrated talks on some of our recent projects (from 2017), followed by tea/coffee and home-made cakes, when the archaeologists will mingle and chat! This year, the illustrated talks will be as follows: *** Trust pottery specialist Steve Benfield will discuss the very interesting Neolithic pottery (‘Fengate ware’) from a site at Frating near Colchester. ‘Fengate ware’ is thought [read more…]

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New direction

by Philip Crummy, director of the Colchester Archaeological Trust   Time and technology wait for no man or woman as they say – or at least they could do. The world has changed a lot since 1987 when we published the first issue of The Colchester Archaeologist. Being 32 pages long in full colour, the magazine represented a big step up from our original twice-yearly newsletter. The latter, a relatively modest offering called Catalogue, was first published in 1976 and was black and white and only twelve, in some cases sixteen, A5 pages in length. The Colchester Archaeologist and Catalogue [read more…]

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happy New Year! – from the Colchester Archaeological Trust

. Happy new year from the Colchester Archaeological Trust at the site of the Roman circus in Colchester, in the UK. We send everyone our best wishes for the new year, but especially to all our clients and professional partners, to all our visitors and customers at the Roman circus visitor centre and tea room, to all our great volunteers, to all our followers on Twitter and Facebook, and to all our visitors to this web-site and our blog. The Trust has had a great year and we thank everyone for your support in 2017. We look forward to working [read more…]

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‘The twelve (archaeological) days of Christmas’

Today (25th December) – Christmas Day – is considered to be the first day of Christmas. Christmas or Christmas-tide lasts for twelve days and extends from the 25th December to the 5th January. ‘The twelve days of Christmas’ is a well-known traditional carol about the gifts of Christmas, full of Christian religious symbolism. We hope you enjoy our small Christmas gift to you – our very own attempt at ‘The twelve (archaeological) days of Christmas’! The full text of one version of the carol is given below.*     All of these artefacts are from Colchester. The image for day 1 [read more…]

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Happy Christmas from the Colchester Archaeological Trust!

Happy Christmas and our best wishes for the new year from the Colchester Archaeological Trust here at the Colchester Roman circus visitor centre. We hope you enjoy our Christmas card this year. The graphic below shows the front of the card, the back, and the message inside. We send our card out in both printed and digital form, and we also post it here on our Trust web-site and on social media, with our good wishes. Thank you to all our clients, professional partners, Roman circus centre visitors and tea room patrons, to all our followers on Twitter and Facebook, [read more…]

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shopping at the Colchester Roman circus! – NEW modern mosaic goodies on sale NOW

Today (4th December), we were delighted to take delivery of some goodies here at the Trust’s HQ/the Colchester Roman circus visitor centre. We have commissioned a set of three special items featuring a design of the modern Roman circus mosaic which is on display here at the Roman circus visitor centre. The three special items are a printed tea towel, and a hand-made purse and shoulder bag, just in time for Christmas… (In the 2nd to 3rd century AD, on race days, there would have been stalls selling food and drink, souvenirs, etc, here at the Colchester Roman circus.) *** [read more…]

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welcome to our new web-site!

Today (9th October), the Trust launched our new web-site. It is actually the same web-site content, but in a different format. This format is ‘mobile responsive’, which means that the web-site can now be visited and viewed as easily on a smartphone or mobile ‘phone as on a computer, laptop or tablet. We first launched the web-site in 2009. The very first item was posted by Trust director Philip on the 18th April 2009, and it was titled ‘Lottery bid setback for Roman circus’. Since then, the blog has tracked new discoveries on the site of the Roman circus, the [read more…]