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CAT Report 687: summary

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Archaeological evaluation by trial-trenching at 'Hunter's Rough', Chitts Hill, Colchester, Essex - March 2013
by G Adams
(with contributions from -)

Date report completed: March 2013
Location: 'Hunter's Rough', Chitts Hill, Colchester, Essex
Map reference(s): TL 96024 25513
File size: 972 kb
Project type: Archaeological evaluation by trial-trenching
Significance of the results: neg
Keywords: -

Summary. Nine trial-trenches (T1-T9) were excavated during the evaluation using a mechanical excavator equipped with a toothless ditching bucket, under the supervision of a CAT archaeologist. The trenches were 295 m long x 1.6 m wide, and excavated to a depth of between 35 cm and 67 cm. Four layers were identified. These were (uppermost to lowest): L1 (100 mm of topsoil; L2 (160 mm of subsoil); and L3 (natural gravel in T1-T2) or L4 (natural clay in T3). The only archaeological feature discovered was a north-east/south-west linear feature (F1) in T5, T7 and T9. This contained fragments of peg-tile and is likely to represent a field ditch of post-medieval date.