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the Roman circus visitor centre is now OPEN for the summer

                      ‘The greatest Roman archaeological discovery in Britain deserves to be a national tourist destination’ – from the Essex County Standard web-site, at www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/14936960._The_greatest_Roman_archaeological_discovery_in_Britain (30th November 2016) . The Colchester Roman circus visitor centre, site and tea room are now OPEN for the summer (27th March-29th September 2018). * The summer opening hours are 11.00am-4.00pm, Tuesday-Saturday. * The visitor centre, site and tea room are wheelchair-/pushchair-accessible. * We provide free visitor car-parking spaces. * Admission is free. *** Please see our timetable of guided tours (two every Saturday throughout the [read more…]

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guided tours of the Roman circus visitor centre: summer 2018

                        Our guided tours of the Colchester Roman circus site and visitor centre resume on Saturday 31st March. The guided tours take place on every Saturday from the 31st March until the 29th September, at 12 noon (till 1.00 pm) and at 1.00 pm (till 2.00 pm) – please see timetable below. Please meet at the Roman circus model inside the visitor centre. You can check the details in the calendar on the home page of this web-site. Our guides are all trained volunteers and they are Dinah, Sam, [read more…]

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Colchester Roman circus visitor centre re-opening!

  Colchester Roman circus visitor centre re-opening! Hurrah! The Trust is delighted to say that the Colchester Roman circus visitor centre will re-open for the summer on Tuesday 27th March ’18. It’s your first chance to see our newest display, the scale model of Roman Colchester and the Roman circus, while it is being created…                                     Special archaeological art exhibition ‘Reconstructing Colchester’s past’, a special archaeological art exhibition of Peter Froste’s artworks, will also open to the public on the 27th March. We ask [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…]