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Tiny fossils identify chalk for mosaic cubes

Tons and tons of chalk would have been needed in Roman Colchester to make lime for mortar. There is no local chalk so where it did come from? Alison Tasker from Leicester University has been researching ancient chalk tesserae (white mosaic cubes) to see if she can find the source of the chalk they were made from. It’s a new avenue of research and Alison is making great progress. As part of her work, she looked at eight white tesserae which we  had excavated about fifteen years ago on the site of the temple at Gosbecks. Chalk is fine-grained white [read more…]

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Victorian housing estate under the spotlight

A study of the Roman and Castle Road area of Colchester town centre has been added to the website listing Colchester’s historic buildings. Roman and Castle Roads were developed on land which had been Colchester’s Botanic and Horticultural Gardens. These private gardens which had opened in 1823 were finally closed in 1851 and the site was sold off in plots for housing. The Colchester Historic Buildings Forum was established in 2009 to highlight buildings of architectural or historic interest in Colchester. To find the location of the Roman Urn Public House and the site of a Roman pavement visit the website [read more…]

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Julian Richards visits exhibition

We had a graphic exhibition over the summer in the public library in Trinity Square. There were panels covering various topics: an update on the circus interpetation centre, the results of the a photograph and a schools competition, how the archaeological Trust goes about its everyday work, and quiz about Colchester. Tv presenter Julian Richards, presenter of Meet your ancesters, gave the exhibition the once over. Julian is especially interested in archaeology in schools and was mightly impressed by the marvellous work done by so many school children for the ‘Circus competition’.