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CAT Report 1412: summary

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Archaeological monitoring at 3 Alton Drive, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3ST: February 2018-January 2019
by Dr Elliott Hicks
(with contributions from Dr Matthew Loughton, Chris Lister, Ben Holloway, Emma Holloway)

Date report completed: May 2019
Location: Dr Matthew Loughton figures by Chris Lister, Ben Holloway and Emma Holloway
Map reference(s): TL 9764 2495
File size: kb
Project type: Monitoring
Significance of the results:

Summary. Archaeological monitoring was carried out at 3 Alton Drive, Colchester during groundworks for the construction of a five-bedroom house. There was no trace of the Roman road projected to run through the site, and it appears that this road seems to be located slightly to the south. Instead, three ditches, a pit or area of disturbance, two pits or treethrows, and a pit or natural hollow were exposed by the groundworks. With the exception of one pit, which was of medieval date or later, no closely-datable finds were recovered from these features, and so they could not be dated. A single tessera cube and some grey ware sherds were found during the groundworks, evidencing some Roman activity at the site.