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CAT Report 327: summary

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Observations on two geotechnical trenches at the rear of 16 Coast Road, West Mersea, Essex: June 2005
by Holloway, B

Date report completed: 20/06/2005
Location: West Mersea, Essex
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File size: 80 kb
Project type: Other
Significance of the results: Neg
Keywords: post-medieval, animal bone, midden

Summary. Two geotechnical trenches were examined by the Colchester Archaeological Trust in the north-west corner and south-west corner of the plot of land behind no 16 Coast Road, West Mersea, Essex. The pit features F1 and F2 that were observed in the two geotechnical trenches contained large amounts of animal bone, oyster shell and charcoal flecking. These finds are indicative of domestic activity and waste dumping. Fragments of both Roman and postmedieval tile were recovered from the fill of F2. The Roman material is, however, likely to be residual in the pit fill, with later post-medieval material giving a more reliable date for the deposit.