Colchester Archaeological Trust
CAT Report 1822: summary
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Archaeological evaluation on land west of Rosemary Lane, Halstead, Essex, CO9 1LA:April 2022
by Sarah Veasey and Laura Pooley
(with contributions from Dr Matthew Loughton and Howard Brooks)
Date report completed: July 2022
Location: Land west of Rosemary Lane, Halstead, Essex, CO9 1LA
Map reference(s): TL 81054 30753 (centre)
File size: 4269 kb
Project type: Evaluation
Significance of the results:
An archaeological evaluation (four trial-trenches) was carried out on land west of Rosemary Lane, Halstead, Essex in advance of the construction of new commercial units. Located close to the river Colne, prehistoric flints and a Roman coin have previously been found in the river valley, with the 19th-century Halstead Gas Works and the former Colne Valley Ironworks adjacent to the south.
Evaluation revealed a small concentration of three/four prehistoric features (pits and a pit/ditch) which produced flints of possible Bronze Age date. The only other features uncovered were a modern field boundary ditch present on early OS mapping, a large modern pit, and an undated ditch, pit and tree-throw.