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CAT Report 1213: summary

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Archaeological monitoring and recording at Colchester Castle Park (Halloween Scare and Christmas Market), Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ: September 2017
by Sarah Carter

Date report completed: January 2018
Location: Colchester Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ
Map reference(s): TL 99870 25334
File size: kb
Project type: Monitoring
Significance of the results:

Summary. Archaeological monitoring and recording was carried out in Upper Castle Park to the north and east of Colchester Castle (a Scheduled Monument, NHLE no. 1002217) during the set-up and removal of the 2017 Halloween scare and Christmas Market. The site is in an area of the highest archaeological importance, surrounding the Norman Castle and the Roman Temple of Claudius in insula 22 of the Roman town. Aside from a few tent/fence pegs through topsoil, at no point did any works penetrate below ground level. No damage was caused to any of the standing remains and no significant archaeological horizons were damaged as they were buried too deeply (c 800mm deep).