Monument record MCC10073 - Roman and Anglo-Saxon burials, former Meeanee & Hyderabad Barracks (Site A), Colchester


84 burials (14 cremations and 70 inhumations) defined by excavations in 2011 in advance of the redevelopment of the former Meeanee & Hyderabad Barracks, Mersea Road, Colchester.


Grid reference TL 99941 24529 (point)
Map sheet TL92SE
County ESSEX


Type and Period (10)

Full Description

Site A excavations in advance of the residential development of the northern part of the former Meeanee & Hyderabad Barracks, Mersea Road, Colchester, defined a group of 84 burials (14 cremations and 70 inhumations), nine of which (a cremation and eight inhumations) were within partial or complete ring-ditches. Five burials contained grave-goods including Anglo-Saxon shield bosses, spear heads, knives and beads. The cremations contained finds spanning the 1st-4th centuries, but may focus on the 2nd/3rd centuries. Two Roman burials (a cremation and a female inhumation) were underneath what appeared to be a robbed-out mausoleum (AF158), and a robbed-out tomb-base (AF171) respectively. The ring-ditches formed a band across the northern side of Site A and, where associated finds were recovered, were of mid/late 6th to early 7th century Anglo-Saxon date.

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.9-48.

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  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Dec 16 2016 1:02PM

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