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CAT Report 671: summary

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Archaeological monitoring and excavation at Birch Pit, Stage 5 western extension, Maldon Road, Birch, Colchester, Essex - August-September 2012
by Chris Lister, Ben Holloway
(with contributions from Stephen Benfield)

Date report completed: November 2012
Location: Birch Pit, Maldon Road, Birch, Colchester, Essex
Map reference(s): TL 9225 1935 (c)
File size: 987 kb
Project type: Archaeological monitoring and excavation
Significance of the results: *
Keywords: Bronze Age

Summary. Archaeological monitoring and excavation was carried out at Birch Pit in 2012 on behalf of Hanson Aggregates. The archaeological monitoring covered topsoil-stripping of an extraction area associated with the Stage 5 western extension of the quarry and was undertaken adjacent to areas excavated in 2007 and 2008. Only two features were recorded during the course of the work, a post-hole containing pottery sherds dated to the Late Bronze Age or early Iron Age and a ditch dating to the post-medieval or modern period. The majority of the stripped area was disturbed by activity associated with the construction and subsequent removal of a World War II airbase.