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CAT Report 1048: summary

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Archaeological monitoring and recording at the Mercury Theatre (Mercury Rising), Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PT: December 2016
by Laura Pooley
(with contributions from -)

Date report completed: January 2017
Location: Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PT
Map reference(s): TL 99281 25157 (c)
File size: 816 kb
Project type: Archaeological monitoring and recording
Significance of the results: -
Keywords: Roman layers

Summary. Archaeological monitoring and recording was carried out at the Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex during the excavation of two boreholes as part of preliminary work for the Mercury Rising project. The theatre is known to be located on the site of one or more Roman town-houses with robbed-out walls, tessellated and mosaic floors. Roman layers were encountered at 1.4-2.8m below current ground level in borehole 1 and 1.2-3m bcgl in borehole 2.