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The Magazines

The Magazines

"The Colchester Archaeologist", was published between 1987 and 2016. The magazines report on some major discoveries, including the Doctor's Grave at Stanway and the Roman Circus.

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The Colchester Archaeologist 1 1986/1987

by Howard Brooks, Mike Corbishley, Philip Crummy, Nina Crummy, Robin P Symonds (with contributions from T W Cook, R H Moyes, Andrew Phillips)

Articles:- Round-up of excavations in Colchester 1986-7; Roman arms and armour; Colchester's Pottery trade links with Europe and the Mediterranean; A Look at Colchester Clock Museum; Friends of the Colchester Archaeological Trust Notes and News; Colchester's Town Wall on the eve of the repair programme; News about excavations in Essex; Young Archaeologists Club; Sites on public view.

The Colchester Archaeologist No 2 1988/1989

by Howard Brooks, David Clarke, Mike Corbishley, Philip Crummy, Colin Laker (with contributions from English Heritage)

Articles:- Colchester Castle's chapel, Red Lion Hotel, Colchester's town wall, David Clarke looks back on 25 years as Colchester's Museum Curator, Excavations finds and forthcoming events, Friends of the Colchester Archaeological Trust, News about excavations in Essex, Archaeology for young people, Help conserve our heritage (English Heritage).

The Colchester Archaeologist No 3 1989/1990

by Keith Bradbury, Mike Corbishley, Carl Crossan, Philip Crummy, Nina Crummy, Donald Shimmin (with contributions from Peter Froste)

Articles:- Angel Court excavation, Essex History Fair, Medieval leper hospital excavation, Civil War damage at Osborne Street, Recent discoveries in Essex, Notes and news, The Friends of the Colchester Archaeological Trust, Archaeology for Young People, Roman church goes on display with a unique ceremony.

The Colchester Archaeologist No 4 1990/1991

by Carl Crossan, Philip Crummy, Nina Crummy

Articles:- Reconstructing St Botolph's Priory, New look for Colchester's museums, Where was Colchester's public bath-house?, Digging in Queen Street Bus Park, Recent discoveries in Essex, Archaeology for young people, excavations and forthcoming events, The Friends of the Colchester Archaeological Trust, Trust wins the The Heritage in Britain Award for Roman church.

The Colchester Archaeologist No 5 1991/1992

by Mike Corbishley, Carl Crossan, Philip Crummy, Nina Crummy (with contributions from Tony Baggs, Janet Cooper, Andrew Harris)

Articles:- Royal graves with evidence of ancient funerary practices, St Botolph's Priory crypt discovered, The return of 'The Mosaic of the Wrestling Cupids', Recent discoveries in Essex, Archaeology for young people, How the past can help children understand the world around them, Evidence from the study of human bones, The Friends of the Colchester Archaeological Trust, excavations and forthcoming events.

The Colchester Archaeologist No 6 1992/1993

by Mike Corbishley, Philip Crummy, Nina Crummy, Rosemary Luff, Ros Niblett (with contributions from Peter Froste)

Articles:- Warrior burial at Stanway, Chieftain's burial at St Albans, Information revealed in animal bones, Terry Cook obituary, Recent discoveries in Essex, Archaeology for young people, The Friends of the Colchester Archaeological Trust, Notes and news.

The Colchester Archaeologist No 7 1993/1994

by Mike Corbishley, Philip Crummy, Nina Crummy

Articles:- Colchester Castle: Britain's largest Norman keep, Reconstruction of one of the largest houses in Roman Colchester, Plans for a Gosbecks interpretation centre and country park, Probing survey of Gosbecks Roman temple, News from around Essex, The Friends of the Colchester Archaeological Trust, Archaeology for young people, A Scheme to protect Colchester's earthworks, Notes and news.

The Colchester Archaeologist No 8 1994/1995

by Mike Corbishley, Philip Crummy, Nina Crummy, Aulay Mackenzie, Simon Newell

Articles:- Roman glass at Colchester, Gosbecks Archaeological Park mini-guide, Roman town unearthed at Heybridge, The Friends of the Colchester Archaeological Trust, Archaeology for young people, Notes and news.

The Colchester Archaeologist No 9 1995/1996

by Philip Crummy, Nina Crummy, Carl Crossan (with contributions from Peter Froste)

Articles: - Visitors welcome at Gosbecks Archaeological Park, Mary Magdalen medieval leper hospital, Sixty years work on Iron Age Colchester, News from around Essex, Archaeology for young people, The Friends of the Colchester Archaeological Trust, Notes and news.

The Colchester Archaeologist No 10 1996/1997

by Mike Corbishley, Philip Crummy, Nina Crummy,

Articles:- The gaming board and other discoveries from Stanway, Discovery of Longinus missing face, Excavations near the Gosbecks Archaeological Park, News from around the county, Archaeology for young people, The Friends of the Colchester Archaeological Trust, notes and news, City of Victory: a book on the history and archaeology of Colchester.

The Colchester Archaeologist No 11 1998

by Mike Corbishley, Philip Crummy, Ralph Jackson, Adam Menuge, Fred Nash, Andrew Philips, Don Shimmin, Dr Patricia Smith, John Peter Wild (with contributions from David Hill, John Prentice, Dr Paul R. Sealey, Mark Taylor)

Articles:- News, Small projects 1997: the Mercury theatre; Fingringhoe mill; St Mary's hospital; High Street Jacklins' shop, End of the Stanway Dig, Monumental Roman buildings at Gosbecks Archaeological Park, ASDA superstore site, William Wire Biography, Roman wall in hotel foyer, Mick Aston in conversation, Butt Road cemetery DNA research, Making Roman glass today, The Rose & Crown Hotel building survey, The WW2 defences of Colchester, Around the county — Essex in 1997, Archaeology for young people, The Friends of the Trust, Glass chariot race cup, Roman stacking counters.

The Colchester Archaeologist No 12 1999

by Dr Adrian Clark, Mike Corbishley, Philip Crummy, James Fawn, Mark Hassall, David Hill, Andrew Philips, Dr Paul Sealey, Dr Chris Thornton, Patricia Wiltshire, Michael Wood

Articles:- News, Results of the excavation on the Co-op premises, Name scratched on some pots investigated, Founding Colchester's Co-op, How old is Colchester?, Places to visit by the coast, Archaeology of modern Lexden, The Colchester Vase: a remarkable pot found 150 years ago in Lexden, Digging to the end: Schoolmaster A F Hall's lifelong passion, Down at the riverside: a Roman landing area?, Ancient pollen showing the countryside around Colchester 2,000 years ago, In Search of Colchester's Siegeworks of 1648, Gosbecks Archaeological Park Latest discoveries, Michael Wood in conversation, Famous Roman Gladiators, 'Reconstructing' Roman buildings by computer, Town life in old Essex, Archaeology for Young People, The Friends of the Trust, Essex Society for Archaeology and History.

The Colchester Archaeologist No 13 2000

by Philip Crummy, Dr Janet Cooper, Mike Corbishley, James Fawn, Andrew Philips, Julian Richards (with contributions from David Hill, Mark Taylor )

Articles:- Notes and news, Ancient farmstead: major dig at Abbotstone, Colin Bellows Obituary, Gosbecks Archaeological Park, Mr Joslin's major 19th-century private museum, The 'Circus Maximus' beaker, Divers search for Roman ship, History of Castle Park, Exploring the Castle Park, Conversation with Julian Richards, Why the new millenium should start in 2001, Butt Road burial, Shopping in medieval Colchester, The oldest shops in town, Roman timbers and medieval leather finds by the Colne, Virley church, Around the county, Archaeology for Young People, The Friends of the Colchester Archaeological Trust, Excavations on Hythe Hill. excavations on Hythe Hill

The Colchester Archaeologist No 14 2001

by Marion Archibald, Mike Corbishley, Carl Crossan, Philip Crummy, James Fawn, Tom Hodgson, Andrew Philips

Articles:- Notes and News, 2000 small projects, Top of the range samian pottery, Cremation cemetery under a sports field, Victorian post office, Roman Colchester uncovered at Head Street, Exporing the High Street, Pots of silver coins discovered, The 1969 coin hoard, Virtual Tour of Colchester Castle, Hollytrees Museum, The nursery rhymes of Colchester, Return to the farmstead at Abbotstone, Major study of post-Roman pottery, Charles Gray Esq. biography, Coastal survey, The Friends of the Trust, Archaeology for young people, The Head Street post office excavation.

The Colchester Archaeologist No 15 2002

by Howard Brooks, Pat Brown, Mike Corbishley, Carl Crossan, James Fawn, Andrew Phili

Articles:- News and Notes, Final excavations at the Abbotstone site, Ancient salt-making at Great Wigborough, New light on Colchester Castle, Major excavations begin at the former St Mary's hospital, The Victorian workhouse, Water supply in Roman Colchester, Britain's first town wall, St John's Abbey explored, The Young Archaeologists' Club, The bell-maker's mark, Aerial archaeology of 'Constable country', Friends of the Colchester Archaeological Trust, Mosaic found at the Victoria Inn, Earlier discoveries at the Victoria Inn.

The Colchester Archaeologist No 16 2003

by Dan Cleary, Philip Crummy, Nina Crummy, Kate Orr, Mark Taylor & David Hill, J J Wymer

Articles:- News and Notes, Mammoth find at Marks Tey, Urnfield discovered at Great Tey, A walk in the woods at Fordham, Camulodunum explored, Excavations on the site of St Mary's Hospital, The west end of the Roman town, Sir Mortimer Wheeler's first dig, High class development north of the river Harpers: Roman floors under your feet, Colchester's top 20 archaeological discoveries, Head on a pole: skull from stanway site, Latest replicas of glass beakers from Roman Colchester, Life and death at St Osyth, Ron Bourton and Dan Biglin Obituarys, Launch of May Day journal, Friends of the Colchester Archaeological Trust, Mike Ripley: crime writer and archaeologist.

The Colchester Archaeologist No 17 2004

by Leigh Alston, Carl Crossan, Philip Crummy, Nina Crummy, Trevor Ennis, Rob Masefield, Kate Orr, Andrew Philips, Philip Wise

Articles:- Evidence for Roman burial practice with lamps, The earliest known picture of Colchester?, Recording 'casual' and metal-detected finds, Camulodunum East: Stock raising on a grand scale, An investigation of the Napoleonic garrison, Above ground archaeology in a medieval house, Three-thousand-year-old burial site, The significance of cymbals from a Roman grave, From the county, Notes and news, Friends of the Colchester Archaeological Trust, Roman house discovered in college grounds.

The Colchester Archaeologist No 18 2005

by Howard Brooks, Carl Crossan, Philip Crummy, Nina Crummy, James Fawn, Tom Hodgson, Kate Orr, Peter E Thompson, Philip J Wise (with contributions from Taylor Woodrow)

Articles:- Roman circus, Chariot finds, Bronze circus coin, The racing chariot, Circus cup, A day at the Circus Maximus, Professional Charioteers, A first-hand account of a race in the 5th century, Roman burials at the garrison, Abbeyfield -a modern community in the making, The railway comes to Colchester, William Wire: an unusual railway buff, St Botolph's Quarter development, Butchers in St Botolph’s Street, Digging at the site of the new arts centre, St Helena and Colchester’s Creation Myth, Beeleigh Abbey Excavation, News and Notes, Friends of the Colchester Archaeological Trust, Where Ben Hur went wrong.

The Colchester Archaeologist No 19 2006

by Martin Bridge, Howard Brooks, Will Clarke, Philip Crummy, Nina Crummy, James Fawn, Mariusz Górniac, Peter Herring, Ben Holloway, Kate Orr, Paul Sealey

Articles:- Update on Colchester's Circus, Colchester's circus mosaic, TV personality Tony Robinson talks about Time Team and his career, Digging at the Sixth Form College, Bath-house or shrine at the College?, Plastered walls intended to look like marble, Digging under the Roman town wall, Dating tree rings from under the town wall, Speculation about falconry in Roman Colchester, John Taylor's 'Roman tomb', Trust work in and around Colchester, An Iron Age burial rediscovered, Essex before the Romans, The Friends of Colchester Archaeological Trust, Falcon bones.

The Colchester Archaeologist No 20 2007

by Stephen Brenfield, Howard Brooks, Philip Crummy, Nina Crummy, David Grocott, Peter Herring, Ben Holloway, Jane Meech, Kate Orr, Don Shimmin

Articles:- Circus update, Giant Roman chariot racing mosaic is completed!, The cemeteries of Roman Colchester, Grave goods : Make up, Two arches or one: did the Roman Head Gate have more than one entrance?, Monumental structures near the Temple of Claudius, Remains of Roman houses near the Mercury Theatre, The lost church of the Crossed Friars, The lost friary of the Grey Friars, Investigations in three village churches, 3,000 year old remains under Chelmsford park-and-ride, The dykes of Camulodunom, Friends of the Colchester Archaeological Trust.

More recent issues of the Colchester Archaeologist will be added in the near future. Printed copies of some back issues are available at Roman Circus House, or can be sent via post for £5 each, postage included.  Please contact us for information on the availability of particular issues.