HISTORY lovers can see some excavated Roman remains.

A dig has been taking place at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester and archaeologists are hosting an open day tomorrow between 9.30am and 12.30pm.

Visitors can get a glimpse at what has been found under the soil including a musket ball fired during the Siege of Colchester in 1648.

Philip Crummy, from the Colchester Archaeological Trust, said: “We’ve been working on the site ahead of the major redevelopment works. “Everybody is welcome and of course it’s free. Visitors will be able to see the remains of parts of what may prove to have been two adjacent Roman houses as well as lots of fragments of brightly-coloured and decorated plaster.

“The pieces lay jumbled on the floors as if the buildings had stood for quite a while before being demolished.

“Most had fallen off the walls but some of the thinner pieces may have derived from ceilings showing they too had been plastered and painted.”

Other finds include a tiny bone dice, last thrown in Roman times.

For safety reasons, the site remains surrounded by a hoarding meaning there will be restricted views in some areas.

The excavations will continue on other areas around the theatre over the next few weeks and a similar open event will be held in the near future.