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CAT Report 1990: summary

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Archaeological evaluation at 30a Straight Road, Boxted, Essex, CO4 5HN: October 2023
by Dr Elliott Hicks
(with contributions from Bronagh Rae-Quinn)

Date report completed: October 2023
Location: 30a Straight Road, Boxted, Essex, CO4 5HN
Map reference(s): TL 99336 30087 (centre)
File size: 4,829kb kb
Project type: Evaluation
Significance of the results:
Keywords: Colchester, Iron Age, Post Medieval, Charcoal Pits

Summary. An archaeological evaluation (8 trial-trenches) was carried out at 30a Straight Road, Boxted, Essex in advance of the construction of 23 business units. The site lies in an area in which previous archaeological investigations have uncovered numerous charcoal-rich pits that are the product of a charcoal-production industry that existed here from at least the Early Iron Age to the post-medieval period. It is also located in the midst of a number of cropmark complexes. Excavations here revealed a pit, two gullies or pipe trenches and a posthole, all of which were modern, and two pits and a charcoal-rich pit which could not be dated.