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CAT Report 770: summary

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Archaeological evaluation on land to the rear of 41-45 Clare Road, Braintree, Essex - March 2014
by Ben Holloway and Howard Brooks
(with contributions from -)

Date report completed: June 2014
Location: land to the rear of 41-45 Clare Road, Braintree, Essex
Map reference(s): TL 7513 2278 (c)
File size: 816 kb
Project type: Archaeological evaluation
Significance of the results: *
Keywords: -

Summary. Archaeological evaluation by three trenches was carried out on land to the rear of 41-45 Clare Road, Braintree ahead of the construction of two new houses. This follows a 2012 archaeological evaluation and excavation immediately to the west which uncovered Late Iron Age and Roman pits and ditches, and a compacted Roman surface (then thought to be a Roman road leading towards the Roman town). There were no significant archaeological features or finds in the three trenches (only a modern post-pit). Significantly, the postulated Roman road was not seen in the trench specifically positioned to intercept it. The compacted gravel surface found in 2012 may, therefore, represent a Roman yard rather than a road.