Friday, October 12, 2012

Excavations to find out Colchester life - Roman style


9:00pm Thursday 11th October 2012 in NewsBy Wendy Brading



Archaeologists investigate burial remains found under the car park in Butt Road, Colchester.
REMAINS dating back hundreds of years could provide a new insight into Colchester life - Roman style.


Experts from the Colchester Archaeological Trust are investigating what lies beneath the surface of the car park in Butt Road, Colchester.



And they hope their findings will unlock secrets of life from 2,000 years ago.
In Roman times, bodies were buried outside the town wall.

Trust director Philip Crummy said thousands of people would have been buried in the land stretching away from Colchester’s fortification.


The Trust has carried out numerous excavations as part of the redevelopment of Colchester Garrison and have made a range of discoveries including finding Britain’s only chariot circus.



The Trust is exploring underneath the car park before developers Taylor Wimpey build houses on the site.