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CAT Report 1318: summary

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Archaeological monitoring at Willowdene, 39 Oaks Drive, Colchester,Essex, CO3 3PS: August 2018
by Dr Elliott Hicks
(with contributions from Chris Lister, Sarah Carter)

Date report completed: August 2018
Location: Willowdene, 39 Oaks Drive, Colchester,Essex, CO3 3PS
Map reference(s): TL 98822 25159
File size: kb
Project type: Monitoring
Significance of the results:

Summary. Archaeological monitoring was carried out at Willowdene, 39 Oaks Drive, in advance of the construction of a single-storey rear extension, a first-floor extension above the existing garage, and associated groundworks. The development site is located in the midst of a number of archaeologically-significant sites, particularly the Iron Age and Roman industrial complex of Sheepen and the area of Roman cemeteries known as the ‘Lexden Cemetery’. While no archaeological features were encountered, a significant amount of Roman pottery, bricks, and tiles were retrieved, the latter of which do not appear to be related to Roman kilns previously uncovered in the vicinity of site, but which might instead indicate the presence of a Roman brick kiln.