The newly-discovered dyke at Hyderabad is a major one. We reached the bottom of our section through it and is about 3m deep which is almost as deep as they come. First Roman burial found on the site today. More are expected soon.
Camulodunum during the years leading up to the Roman conquest in AD 43 must have had a substantial population. This is obvious from its size and the discoveries over the years of contemporary burials and large quantities of broken pots and other artefacts. But there is a problem. We never [read more…]
Current excavations on the site of the former Hyderabad barracks have revealed what appears to be part of a defensive dyke. Camulodunum, the original Colchester, was protected by the largest complex of Late Iron Age and early Roman earthworks in the country. This latest discovery appears to be a previously [read more…]
There will be an opportunity for you to see the newly-discovered remains of the great abbey church of St John’s. If you are interested, all you have to do is turn up on site between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm this coming Sunday (27th February) when members of CAT will [read more…]
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 [read more…]
TV presenter and archaeologist Neil Oliver recently visited us in Colchester to sharpen up his digging skills. But this was no courtesy call: he came to when working on a TV programme about Roman Britain. The lucky archaeologist was to dig on the site of the town’s Roman circus in [read more…]
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 [read more…]