BBC presenter and archaeologist Neil Oliver has been given an exclusive view of Colchester’s famous Roman chariot circus.

Mr Oliver, who leads a team of experts on the popular BBC series Coast, was in Colchester yesterday filming for a new series for BBC 2 called The History of Ancient Britain.

As part of the programme on Roman Britain, Mr Oliver visited Colchester - Britain’s oldest recorded town and first Roman captial.

He met Philip Crummy, director of Colchester Archaeological Trust, and they dug a hole in Napier Road, Colchester, to allow Mr Oliver to see part of the site of Britain’s only chariot circus.

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