The archaeological excavation at the Mercury Theatre continues to intrigue. More Roman floors, more rooms, more evidence of Roman ‘central heating’, and more interesting finds. If you want to see what we have been uncovering here over the last few weeks, then why not pay us a visit? You’ll be very welcome and its free of course! Mind you, there’s not much time to go. The dig on this part of the site finishes on January 5th and then the building work begins.
The new build has been carefully designed to minimise the damage to the archaeological remains. It’s our job to record the unavoidable losses which in this case will be a few per cent of the whole. The rest (ie what we are currently exposing) will be built over and thereby preserved for future generations.
Phelan Construction, the Mercury Theatre, and Colchester Borough Council have worked to make it possible for visitors to get close to the edge of the excavation safely so as to get a good clear and unobstructed view of what has been found. This wasn’t easy to achieve when we held our last open day but it’s all much better this time round.
You have three days to choose from: January Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th and Saturday 5th. Any time between 9.00am and 4.00pm. Our great helpers will be there to explain what there is to see and to show you some of finds. You need to go to the entrance by the rear of the theatre on the town centre side of it. We look forward to seeing you soon!