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CAT Report 1382: summary

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Archaeological excavation for a water main replacement at the Upper Castle Park, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UN: February 2019
by Dr Elliott Hicks
(with contributions from Dr Matthew Loughton, Alec Wade, Laura Pooley, Chris Lister, Ben Holloway, Emma Holloway)

Date report completed: July 2019
Location: Upper Castle Park, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UN
Map reference(s): TL 99847 25267
File size: kb
Project type: Excavation
Significance of the results:

Summary. An archaeological excavation was carried out at Upper Castle Park, High Street, Colchester, Essex in advance of the emergency replacement of an existing lead water main supplying Colchester Castle. The excavation was carried out within the bailey of the 11th-century Norman keep. A wall foundation roughly contemporary with the castle and the associated barbican and chapel was uncovered, along with spreads of building material probably associated with attempts to demolish the castle during the 1690s.