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This section of the website provides details of the current dig and other fieldwork; also excavation reports relating to previous projects.

Anyone interested in taking part in our current and future work should contact: Excavation manager: ten.kugacnull@snoitavacxe

Current Dig:

Fordham Hall

The excavation of a the remains of a Roman Building

Working in conjunction with Fordham History Society started in June 2015 and is ongoing. Digging takes place on Tuesday, Thursday and Sundays.

Site director is Jonathan Oldham.  Anyone interested in taking part should contact him on moc.kooltuonull@gac.ohj for further details.

The Phase 1 report on the Excavations at Fordham has been completed covering the period from June 2015 to the end of May 2016 and is available here:

Previous excavations:

Members of the Group excavating at St John’s Abbey site in Colchester Town Centre in 2015

St John’s Abbey, Colchester. July/August 2015.

Two trenches dug in the Garden area to investigate possible archaeology. see links below

Marks Hall

Axe Head found on the 1st August 2013 by Keith

Axe Head found on the 1st August 2013 by Keith

The Group was invited by the Trustees of the Marks Hall Estate to excavate the remains of a known Jacobean mansion. During the dig, not only the mansion, but also the footprints of two previous buildings on the site were discovered.

The excavation is now being analysed and the report will be published on this website when completed. One unexpected find was an impressive  flint Adze (or Axe head) by Keith. This could be early Neolithic and probably used to work the land, e.g. hoeing, rather than chopping down trees.




The story of the excavations at Marks Hall has been published in a book, From Demolition to Discovery; the Lost Mansions of Marks Hall.  26 colour pages. £5.00 plus P&P. See Pubications


The Lost Mansions of Marks Hall 

If you would like to see some interesting time lapse photography from the site go here:- http://privatewww.essex.ac.uk/~tim/ARCH/MARKS_HALL/

Prior excavations

For other excavation reports please follow the links below:

CAG members were originally involved in a survey running from 2002 to 2005 to record the graffiti found on the walls of Colchester Castle. Reports appeared in Bulletins 42, 43 and 45 as well as in some CAG newsletters. With the closure of the castle for major renovation work in 2013 the opportunity arose to check for more.

  • Wormingford Brick Kiln 2011 – 2012
  • Wormingford’s Lost Tudor Hunting Lodge 2007 to 2014
  • Cowlins Field Neolithic Longbarrow 2011
  • Great Tey Roman Road 1996 to 2006
  • Beverley Road/Longinus Excavation 1928/1996
  • Longinus Tombstone, with Outline & Missing PartsIn 1928 workmen clearing a building site off Beverley road in Colchester discovered what turned out to be the tombstone of Longinus Sdapeze, a Thracian cavalry officer from the Roman period.  This rare stone was found lying face down, broken into several pieces.  The curator Rex Hull, arranged for it to be put on prominent display in Colchester Castle Museum, where it was been seen by thousands of visitors over many years, who would have observed the face of Longinus was unfortunately missing.  Rex Hull suggested the memorial may have been deliberately vandalised during the Boudiccan revolt of AD 60.  In 1996 the Colchester Archaeological Group, led by the late James Fawn, were given the opportunity to re-excavate the site, look for more evidence, the missing face and the course of the road alongside which Roman burials and memorials were erected.  This report gives the technical details of the excavations as well as the excitement when the missing piece is found and raced to the Castle to check it matched with the rest of the tombstone.

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