Site Event/Activity record ECC3859 - Site H excavation at the former Meeanee & Hyderabad Barracks, Colchester, 2011


Location Colchester Garrison Alienated Land Area A1 (former Meeanee & Hyderabad Barracks), Mersea Road, Colchester
Grid reference Centred TL 99946 24366 (12m by 32m)
Map sheet TL92SE
County ESSEX



Colchester Archaeological Trust Ltd


April and June 2011



Site H (165m²) was positioned to intercept the western continuation of the line of a Roman field boundary ditch found in 2002 evaluation trench T10 (AF1004), and in 2012 evaluation T26 and T32 (F143), and explored in excavation Site G (GF1). Site H contained 31 grave cuts, 17 with potential human remains and only one (HF26) with grave goods (iron knife, copper-alloy finger ring and two iron rings). The graves were not closely dated. The absence of coffin nails, hobnails and wood-stains indicative of Roman burials in Colchester may indicate that an early Anglo-Saxon date is as valid as a later Roman date. However, the graves were regularly aligned E-W, which perhaps indicates a Christian ritual. Three large N-S ditches, two of which may define a field corner, cut through nine of the graves. It is possible that some of the N-S aligned graves post-date these ditches, and were aligned upon them.<1>

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> EXCAV REPORT: Brooks, Howard. 2016. A Late Iron Age dyke, Roman and Anglo-Saxon burials, a Roman coin hoard, and a Civil War fort: Stage 1b archaeological evaluation and Stage 2 excavation at Colchester Garrison Alienated Land Area A1. CAT Report 628, pp.77-82.

Related Monuments/Buildings (2)

  • Medieval ditches, former Meeanee & Hyderabad Barracks (Site H), Colchester (Element Group)
  • Undated inhumation burials, former Meeanee & Hyderabad Barracks (Site H), Colchester (Element Group)

Record last edited

Dec 16 2016 1:15PM

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