Today (8th August), the Trust’s recent discovery of the remains of a Roman water-main in Colchester was reported on in the local press. Last week we excavated the remains of a water-main on our site at the Williams & Griffin store in the High Street at Colchester; this would have formed part of the Roman town’s pressurised water-supply system. The water-main is represented by several corroded iron collars, with attached fragments of mineral-replaced wood, lying in a straight-sided Roman trench. The remains of the water-main provide a fascinating snapshot of Roman engineering and urban infrastructure. The item was published on page 4 of the Essex County Standard, with a small illustration, and titled ‘”Water” discovery! Roman technology is unearthed’. The illustration is a photo. of Trust volunteer Gemma with one of the iron collars of the water-main, back at Roman Circus House.
The item was also posted online today (‘Archaeology dig reveals water technology of Roman Colchester’) at www.essexcountystandard.co.uk/news/11397764.Archaeology_dig_reveals_water_technology_of_Roman_Colchester/?ref=var_0
The Vindolanda Charitable Trust are also conducting excavations this summer, at the Roman frontier fort of Vindolanda on Hadrian’s Wall, in Northumberland. Their excavations are being undertaken by teams of volunteers and can be viewed by visitors to Roman Vindolanda and the Roman Army Museum. The Trust has been following their excavations in the Vindolanda Charitable Trust’s photo. Tweets. They have made some remarkable discoveries. In Colchester, in our town-centre site, the Trust has excavated down through post-Roman layers and then down through the Roman stratigraphic sequence, till we reached material belonging to the Roman fortress at Colchester. Our discoveries include the remains of a Roman street which originated as the via principalis of the fortress, a sequence of unusual Roman floors, part of an officer’s quarters, the remains of the later Roman water-main, and the significant discovery of human bones from the Boudican destruction layer. At Vindolanda, where the archaeology has not been damaged by post-Roman activity, they have excavated some remarkable archaeology – and there are some parallels between their site and ours in Colchester. They have uncovered extensive remains of the Roman fort of Vindolanda, including a 3rd-century street drain, a street (the via decumana), and a 4th-century officer’s quarters, as well as the bath-house, a 4th-century barrack-block, a rampart, the vicus, and the intervallum road! But it isn’t a competition…
Follow the Vindolanda Charitable Trust’s excavation Tweets at https://twitter.com/VindolandaTrust and their excavation blog at www.vindolanda.com/_blog/excavation . Visit their web-site at www.vindolanda.com .
The image shows the item in the Essex County Standard today.