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CAT Report 1151: summary

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Archaeological test-pit evaluation at Lewis Gardens, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JH: July 2017
by Laura Pooley
(with contributions from Stephen Benfield, Sarah Carter, Laura Pooley)

Date report completed: September 2017
Location: Lewis Gardens, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JH
Map reference(s): TM 00044 25226
File size: kb
Project type: Evaluation
Significance of the results:

Summary. An archaeological test-pit evaluation was carried out at Lewis Gardens, Colchester to inform the build-depths of a proposed new boundary wall. The development site is located within the southeast angle of the Roman walled town, specifically within the largely residential area of Insula 31/32. Test-pits TP1 and TP3 revealed modern and post-medieval made-ground sealing probable Roman accumulation/demolition layers (L4 and L6) identified at a depth of 0.38-0.45m below current ground level (bcgl). Testpit TP2 revealed modern and post-medieval contexts, including a cobbled surface, to a depth of 0.55m bcgl.