Hyderabad Barracks excavations underway

We are off again on another substantial piece of archaeological excavation on former Colchester garrison land. A ten-week programme of excavations began today on the site of the Hyderabad and Meeanee Barracks which have been largely demolished to make way for a major new housing development. We carried out preliminary trenching some while ago to sample what was there and draw up a more intensive plan of excavations to record the areas we identified which were archaeologically significant. We are expecting to find Roman periond burials and more of the ditches which belonged to the system of field ditches and trackways of Late Iron Age and Roman date which spread over most of what is now southern Colchester and once formed part of the British stronghold of Camulodunum (as opposed to the Roman town). We also expect to find evidence of earlier prehistoric occupation (Neolithic and Bronze Age). As usual, the work is being funded by developers Taylor Wimpey and project managed by consultants RPS.