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CAT Report 1452: summary

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Archaeological monitoring at the Colchester and East Essex Co-op, 1-21 Long Wyre Street Colchester, Essex, CO1 1LH: July 2019
by Dr Elliott Hicks
(with contributions from Lisa Gray, Dr Matthew Loughton, Laura Pooley, Alec Wade )

Date report completed: July 2019
Location: 1-21 Long Wyre Street Colchester, Essex, CO1 1LH
Map reference(s): TL 9978 2515
File size: kb
Project type: Monitoring and excavation
Significance of the results:

Summary. Archaeological monitoring was carried out at the Colchester & East Essex Co-op, 1-21 Long Wyre Street, Colchester, Essex, during groundworks to facilitate revisions to the internal layout and elevations relating to a small section of the Long Wyre Street frontage. A series of large pits were uncovered which dated to the 19th or 20th century, just prior to the construction of the present-day building in 1925-6. Several of these pits were overlain by the remains of a modern wall foundation. A number of undatable postholes were also uncovered; these may relate to a series of early Roman postholes recorded during excavations of the site undertaken in 1997. A Roman hearth or oven containing considerable quantities of charred cereal grains was also excavated.