I was very flattered and pleased to read on the web a month or two ago that I was one of three people nominated for the Archaeologist of the Year award. Today I was at the Current Archaeology conference in the British Museum where the results were announced. Congratulations to [read more…]
There will be an opportunity for you to see the newly-discovered remains of the great abbey church of St John’s. If you are interested, all you have to do is turn up on site between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm this coming Sunday (27th February) when members of CAT will [read more…]
Tons and tons of chalk would have been needed in Roman Colchester to make lime for mortar. There is no local chalk so where it did come from? Alison Tasker from Leicester University has been researching ancient chalk tesserae (white mosaic cubes) to see if she can find the source [read more…]
The Taylor Wimpey excavations at Hyderabad Barracks produced their first surprise today – a section of what is apparently a very large ditch about 8 m across. It seems as if the ditch could be part of the Berechurch Dyke which, until now, was not thought to have extended this [read more…]
The Charity Bank approved CAT’s application for a mortgage and brought the circus interpretation centre one step closer to reality. A figure of £168,000 has been offered by the bank towards CAT’share of the purchase of the former Army Education Centre and its repair. Architects Stanley Bragg are hard at [read more…]
We dug some trenches on a high-profile site near the town centre today. Looks like we found something particularly interesting and significant. As often happens though, we will need a little bit more time to be sure. More news very soon….
TV presenter and archaeologist Neil Oliver recently visited us in Colchester to sharpen up his digging skills. But this was no courtesy call: he came to when working on a TV programme about Roman Britain. The lucky archaeologist was to dig on the site of the town’s Roman circus in [read more…]