Plans for the circus interpretation are taking shape with the completion of a masterplan for the layout of the west end of the Colchester’s unique Roman circus. This blueprint forms the basis of a planning application which will enable the Colchester Archaeological Trust to set about turning its scheme into [read more…]
If you enjoy reading this website and want to find out more, you should consider buying the latest edition of The Colchester Archaeologist (number 24). Here you will find out more about the various interesting and significant discoveries made by CAT over the last year. Topics covered include the warrior [read more…]
A brief tour of Roman Colchester is now available in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish. Just open up the document in the language required to print out a guide to all the key Roman sites. Visit Multilingual Colchester Guides to find the guides.
In the days before banks, people would bury their money in pots for safe keeping rather than leave them lying about the house under the bed or in a cupboard. The money would be safe but things could still go wrong. Occasionally, the owners couldn’t [read more…]
Archaeological excavations on the site of the Hyderabad and Meeanee barracks off Mersea Road in Colchester have revealed a number of burials including two ‘spearmen’ likely to be of Germanic, possibly Saxon, origin. The two men had each been equipped with a round shield and a spear. One of them [read more…]
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.
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…]