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CAT Report 647: summary

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An archaeological evaluation by trial-trenching at ‘Playgolf’, Bakers Lane, Westhouse Farm, Colchester, Essex: May 2012
by Chris Lister
(with contributions from -)

Date report completed: May 2012
Location: Westhouse Farm, Bakers Lane, Colchester, Essex
Map reference(s): TL 973 261 (c)
File size: 444 kb
Project type: Archaeological evaluation by trial-trenching
Significance of the results: **
Keywords: Iron Age/Roman, enclosure

Summary. Archaeological evaluation was carried out at ‘Playgolf’, Westhouse Farm, Bakers Lane, Colchester ahead of the construction of a coffee shop and new car parking. The site is located 2.5km to the north-west of Colchester, in the Lexden area, and is to the west of Moat Farm Dyke, part of the extensive and complex earthwork defensive system of pre-Roman Colchester. It lies within an enclosure known from cropmarks and believed to date to the Early Iron Age. Two trial-trenches were excavated during the evaluation. One of these located the western side of the enclosure producing pottery sherds and finds dated to the Bronze Age and Iron Age. Roman activity, in the form of a field boundary, was also recorded on the site.