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CAT Report 525: summary

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An archaeological excavation at 193 High Street, Kelvedon, Essex: September 2009
by Ben Holloway and Howard Brooks

Date report completed: October 2009
Location: 193 High Street, Kelvedon, Essex
Map reference(s): TL86311913
File size: 470 kb
Project type: Excavation
Significance of the results: *
Keywords: Roman pit, Roman ditch, medieval pit

Summary. The site, located in the centre of Kelvedon, lies within an area of Iron Age occupation and close to the site of the Roman town.

In advance of the construction of new housing, an area of approximately 235 square metres was excavated along the route of a new access road, and a trench was placed within the footprint of one of the four houses. Nine archaeological features were identified as a result of these investigations. These included a Roman pit and ditch, and a medieval pit. Other features consisted of modern pits and post-holes associated with the garden of 193 High Street. There was no evidence of a continuation into the site of the Middle-Late Iron Age activity recorded in the 1985-86 excavations at the Doucecroft School site to the west. However, the Roman features may reflect occupation alongside the Roman road (now the High Street), 50m to the south.