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CAT Report 1647: summary

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Archaeological evaluation on land west of the Coach House, 110 Colchester Road, St Osyth, Essex, CO16 8HB: March 2021
by Laura Pooley
(with contributions from Dr Matthew Loughton and Adam Wightman)

Date report completed: 08.04.2021
Location: Coach House, 110 Colchester Road,St Osyth, Essex, CO16 8HB
Map reference(s): TM 12365 16293 (centre)
File size: 9878 kb
Project type: Evaluation
Significance of the results:
Keywords: Coach House St Osyth

Summary. An archaeological evaluation (four trial-trenches) was carried out on land west of Coach House,110 Colchester Road, St Osyth, Essex, in advance of the construction of two new dwellings.

The settlement of St Osyth has medieval origins with historic maps showing buildings on the development site from the late 18th century onwards. Archaeological evaluation revealed two Mesolithic or Neolithic/Early Neolithic flints from laterdated features and a prehistoric ditch which produced sherds of possible Early to Middle Iron Age pottery. Fragments of Roman brick/tile and medieval pottery were also recovered from later contexts.

Dating to the 19th century were brick foundations and a brick drain associated with a building shown on the 1840s tithe map and early OS maps of the site. Other features included two postmedieval pits, a post-medieval/modern pit/pond and two postholes, three modern pits and three undated features (two pits and a pit/ditch).