In March, the Trust completed a watching brief which began in December 2010, within Insulas 31 and 32 of the Roman town (Lewis Gardens). Adam Wightman of the Trust monitored the installation of services and landscaping works associated with firstsite in Colchester. Roman remains were encountered and two medieval/post-medieval wells [read more…]
The Colchester YAC is for 8 to 16 year olds who are interested in archaeology and history. We carry out a range of different activities, some practical – relating to archaeology and museums – and others being more history based, focusing on different areas/periods through a range of activities, games [read more…]
From Colchester Archaeological Report 1 . (iii) The accounts of the foundation and early history of St John’s Abbey There are four key texts relating to the early years of St John’s Abbey, of which two contain material concerning the relationship between Eudo, Colchester, and the castle; one of these [read more…]
The newly-discovered dyke at Hyderabad is a major one. We reached the bottom of our section through it and is about 3m deep which is almost as deep as they come. First Roman burial found on the site today. More are expected soon.
It’s big – over 1400 pages long – but the report provides the details of nearly all the earliest of the archaeological excavations on the Colchester Garrison site. It includes hundreds of Roman burials and of course the Roman circus. You can download a copy from here: http://cat.essex.ac.uk/summaries/CAT-0412.html Accounts of [read more…]
The challenge Glass beakers with moulded scenes of chariot races around the sides were called circus beakers. Archaeologists think they may have been sold as souvenirs of the most popular charioteers. Draw your own design for a souvenir beaker of the chariot races at the Colchester circus. Draw a rectangle [read more…]
The challenge Write a mini saga in 50 words about a ‘day out at the circus’. Imagine you are living in Roman Colchester and writing an eyewitness account. The winning entry will capture what it would have been like to go tot he circus in Roman times – the [read more…]
Camulodunum during the years leading up to the Roman conquest in AD 43 must have had a substantial population. This is obvious from its size and the discoveries over the years of contemporary burials and large quantities of broken pots and other artefacts. But there is a problem. We never [read more…]