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CAT Report 429: summary

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An archaeological evaluation at Rawstorn Road (adjacent to Topfield), Colchester, Essex: June 2007
by Orr.K
(with contributions from Benfield.S, Black.E, Curl.J, Crummy.N)

Date report completed: August 2007
Location: Colchester, Essex
Map reference(s): TL9900525189
File size: 3,116 kb
Project type: Evaluation
Significance of the results:
Keywords: Ironwork, Roman pit, metalled surface

Summary. Two trial-trenches were excavated to evaluate an area currently used as garages next to Topfield, Rawstorn Road in June 2007. The investigation was carried out to evaluate the site of a known Roman inhumation cemetery: however, no burials were exposed by the evaluation trenches. Roman features were present in the form of small pits of uncertain function in Trench 1 and one large pit in Trench 2. Also in Trench 1 was an area of compact gravel that could possibly be interpreted as a metalled trackway or road of presumed Roman date.