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CAT Report 395: summary

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Archaeological watching briefs and an excavation in Balkerne Passage and Balkerne Gardens, Colchester, Essex: June-November 2006
by Brooks, H
(with contributions from Benfield, S; Crummy, N)

Date report completed: 01/01/2007
Location: Colchester town centre, Essex
Map reference(s): TL99282523
File size: 496 kb
Project type: Watching brief
Significance of the results: *
Keywords: demolition debris, tessellated pavement, opus signinum, Roman wall foundation, Roman masonry, gravel surface, metalled surface, medieval, post-medieval pit, robber trench, coins, stonework

Summary. This site lies immediately north-east of the Balkerne Gate, and in Insulas 17a and 17b of the Roman town. In connection with the rebuilding of the Mercury Flats residential block, two watching briefs were held on the excavation of two pipe trenches. These revealed a number of Roman wall lines, floors, and gravel surfaces.