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CAT Report 1022: summary

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Historic building recording and test-pit evaluation at Duncan's Gate, Colchester, CO1 1UN: July 2016
by Mark Baister

Date report completed: November 2016
Location: Duncan's Gate, Colchester, CO1 1UN
Map reference(s): TL 99925 25559
File size: kb
Project type: Historic Building Recording and evaluation
Significance of the results:

Summary. A programme of historic building recording and evaluation by test-pitting was carried out by Colchester Archaeological Trust at Duncan's Gate (on Colchester's Roman town wall) in July 2016. The gate and its associated masonry (the in situ remains of the collapsed gate tower) are in a state of decay and urgently require repairs. The collapsed masonry was heavily consolidated with modern concrete and a retaining wall after the excavations in 1927-9 by Rex Hull but these repairs are themselves beginning to decay. The excavated test-pit exposed the cut of the known Roman drain aligned through the gateway, although the fill of it is likely entirely backfill from earlier archaeological work. The test-pit also exposed the layers that had been deposited on the site since the 1920s excavation.