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CAT Report 353: summary

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An archaeological watching brief at the Abbey Field sports pitches, Circular Road North, Colchester, Essex: December 2005
by Holloway, B

Date report completed: 12/12/2005
Location: Garrison, Colchester, Essex
Map reference(s): TL99532389, TL99402430
File size: 392 kb
Project type: Evaluation, Watching brief
Significance of the results: *
Keywords: ceramic building materials, circus, greensand stone

Summary. Observations were made during a watching brief at the Abbey Field sports pitches south of Circular Road North, Colchester, Essex. An area 34m x 4m was stripped prior to the construction of a seating stand adjacent to the football pitch. No archaeological features were observed during the stripping although faced blocks of greensand or sandstone were recovered from the subsoil. This building material is likely to have derived from the Roman circus the site of which is 10m to the north of the stripped area. The only identified feature was a modern power cable associated with the floodlights surrounding the pitch.