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CAT Report 918: summary

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Archaeological evaluation at the new Innovation Centre, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ:February 2016
by Laura Pooley

Date report completed: February 2016
Location: University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ
Map reference(s): TM 0261 2419 (centre)
File size: 4128 kb
Project type: Evaluation
Significance of the results:
Keywords: University of Essex

Summary. An archaeological trial-trenching evaluation was carried out at the University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester in advance of the construction of an Innovation Centre with associated infrastructure. The site was located in a field to the south-east of the junction between Boundary Road and Nesfield Road. This site had not previously been investigated but archaeological work in and around the University has revealed Bronze Age barrows, a Roman road, burials and domestic activity, and medieval pottery scatters.

A cluster of medieval features, layers and finds were identified in evaluation trenches T1-T3 and T7. Ditches, pits, post-holes and patches of charcoal/burnt daub may all be associated with domestic/light industrial activity on the site. No significant archaeological horizons were identified in any of the other trenches (T4-T6 and T8- T14), aside from one field boundary ditch (T10) and two undated pits (T9 and T13).