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CAT Report 163: summary

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An archaeological evaluation at North Station Road (adjacent to the Victoria Inn), Colchester, Essex: August 2001
by Orr, K
(with contributions from Black, E)

Date report completed: 30/11/2001
Location: Colchester, Essex
Map reference(s): TL99322577
File size: 5835 kb
Project type: Evaluation
Significance of the results: *
Keywords: Mosaic pavement, opus signinum, Roman wall-plaster, coins, Roman building, tessellated pavement, ceramic building materials

Summary. An archaeological evaluation consisting of four trial-trenches revealed part of a previously unknown mosaic pavement adjacent to an unusual Roman sunken feature, the walls of which were lined with opus signinum. The walls of the feature had been robbed out, leaving the opus signinum free-standing. The feature contained a large amount of painted wall-plaster, as well as a 4th-century coin. The sunken room and mosaic pavement were part of a 2nd- or 3rd-century house within the Roman suburb on present-day North Station Road.