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Colchester Archaeological Trust

CAT Report 859: summary

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Archaeological monitoring and recording at 147 Lexden Road, Colchester, Essex: June-August 2015
by Ben Holloway
(with contributions from Stephen Benfield)

Date report completed: September 2015
Location: 147 Lexden Road, Colchester, Essex
Map reference(s): TL 9765 2516 (c)
File size: 2,875 kb
Project type: Archaeological monitoring and recording
Significance of the results:

Summary. This site, west of Colchester town centre, is in the area defined as the western cemetery of the Roman town and on the southern edge of the Sheepen site, which was the industrial zone of the pre-Roman oppidum of Camulodunum. Archaeological monitoring carried out during the contractors' excavation of the footprint of a swimming-pool and rear extension revealed little of archaeological significance. There was a small amount of residual material, ie two small Roman sherds and six small pieces of Roman brick/tile from the foundation trenches. Natural sandy gravel was seen in both the pool footprint and the fully excavated foundations at 1.0m-1.2m below modern ground- level.