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CAT Report 1655: summary

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Archaeological evaluation at Walnut Tree Way, Colchester, Essex, CO2 9DQ: April 2021
by Laura Pooley
(with contributions from Dr Matthew Loughton and Adam Wightman)

Date report completed: 30.04.2021
Location: Walnut Tree Way, Colchester, Essex, CO2 9DQ
Map reference(s): TL 9761 2334 (centre)
File size: 6395 kb
Project type: Evaluation
Significance of the results:
Keywords: Walnut Tree Way Colchester

Summary. An archaeological evaluation (eight trial-trenches) was carried out on land at Walnut Tree Way, Colchester, Essex in advance of the construction of a new pupil referral unit at the Paxman Academy. The development site is located close to the Colchester to Gosbecks Roman road and in an area of known cropmarks. Evaluation revealed modern brick foundations along with five ditches and three features which could either be ditches or natural glacial channels. Also excavated were four tree-throws and eight natural silt patches/tree-throws. Finds were scarce, but residual pottery sherds from a redeposited soil layer and a tree-throw show some limited activity on or close to the development site in the Bronze Age.