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Colchester Young Archaeologists’ Club in January 2018

The Colchester Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) met here at the Colchester Roman circus visitor centre on Saturday (20th January), for their first meeting of 2018. Colchester YAC organiser Barbara Butler writes: ‘… We tried to envisage millions of years in a timeline. Using the floor space, we made a 250,000,000-year timeline. To fit inside the visitor centre, this had to be on the scale of 10,000 years to 1 millimetre. We used coloured A4 sheets of paper which were approximately 30 centimetres in width. There were 19 YAC members at the meeting, and one of them worked out that we [read more…]

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the first Roman emperor, Augustus Caesar, and the Colchester connection!

On the 16th January in 27 BC, Octavian was declared emperor – with the title of Augustus Caesar – and the Roman republic became the Roman empire. The month of Sextilis was renamed ‘August’ in his honour. Augustus (63 BC-AD 14) was the victor at the famous ancient Battle of Actium in 31 BC. The Mausoleum of Augustus is Augustus’ tomb and he built it in 28 BC on the Campus Martius in Rome: the mausoleum is currently undergoing restoration (an article about it was posted on The Telegraph web-site on the 16th January 2017, ie ‘Giant mausoleum in Rome [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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the Colchester Archaeological Trust review of 2017

  The Trust enjoyed a very busy and successful 2017, completing the most projects which we have ever undertaken in one year! Our fieldwork projects range from watching briefs, continuous monitoring and recording, and evaluations, to full-scale excavations, but we also conduct historic building recording projects and desk-top (research) studies such as heritage asset assessments and desk-based assessments. Although we are based in Colchester and are the archaeological specialists in Colchester, we have conducted fieldwork as far afield as Acton, Southminster and Much Hadham. We have undertaken projects for a large number of clients ranging from large national companies to [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…]