An evaluation followed by an excavation on the northern side of Coggeshall has uncovered three ring-ditches. Unlike the ring-ditches recently excavated in northern Colchester which were possible burial places, these were almost certainly prehistoric house sites – with the ring-ditches being ‘eaves-drip gullies’ – drains around circular houses, perhaps enhanced by rainwater running off the conical roofs. Other features such as pits and ditches indicate this was an Iron Age settlement site. There is clear evidence of Roman settlement in Coggeshall, but its earlier history is unknown. So, this Iron Age site is a major contribution to our understanding of the origins of Coggeshall.