Open days at Essex County Hospital archaeological dig

Open days at Essex County Hospital archaeological dig

Members of the public are being invited to view archaeological excavations at the site of the former Essex County Hospital.

Essex Housing, our development company, has commissioned and funded the two open days this month.

They are taking place:

  • Friday 20 May from 9.30am to 4pm
  • Saturday 21 May from 9.30am to 4pm

There will be two viewing locations, one accessed from Lexden Road and a second from Gray Road.

Residents can drop-in to the site to view the excavations, speak to the archaeology team and see some of the finds discovered so far.

The excavations are being conducted by the Colchester Archaeological Trust with archaeological consultancy by RPS Heritage.

A range of interesting Roman finds have already been discovered including:

  • The remains of at least 19 brick/tile-built bread ovens.
  • A mysterious square building with stone foundations about a metre across, partially surviving foundations of another rectangular plan stone founded building, several post-built structures and several possibly cellared buildings.
  • More than 70 Roman burials.
  • Large quantities of rubbish pits and quarries.
  • A series of ditch defined plots.
  • A large quantity of items such as pottery and glass vessels, jewellery and tools made from metals and animal bone.

If residents would like to attend on the day, they can do so by visiting the Colchester Archeological Trust website where there will be an Eventbrite page.

Pre-booking for this event is essential with sessions lasting approximately an hour.

Appropriate footwear is advised and parking is not available on site.

Last updated 12 May 2022