Element record MCC1357 - Roman lead coffin, Creffield Road, Colchester


Roman lead coffin found in Creffield Road in 1887.


Grid reference TL 98707 24697 (point)
Map sheet TL92SE
County ESSEX


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

Lead coffin found in Creffield Road 1887.<1> A lead coffin was found by workmen digging post-holes on the west side of the houses on the south side of Creffield Road, on Mr Lee's premises. Relates to Hull's Grave Group 349.<2><3><4> A small glass lachrymatory and a jar of grey ware of form 268B was found within the coffin with some decayed bones.

In an article on a distinctive Roman pipe-burial at Caerleon, Gwent, Wheeler refers to the burial in Creffield Road, which also had coffin lid with a lead pipe extending from it.<5>

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Monograph: Hull, M.R.. 1958. Roman Colchester: Reports of the Research Committee of the Society of Antiquaries of London. No. XX. p.293 No19.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Hull, M. Rex. Unknown. Inventory of Grave Groups. Grave Group 349.
  • <3> Index: Essex County Council. 1972. Colchester SMR (computer). SMR13183.
  • <4> Serial: The Essex Society for Archaeology and History. 1889. Vol. 3 (New Series) Transactions of the Essex Archaeological Society. Vol. III. p.273.
  • <5> Article in serial: Wheeler, R. E. M.. 1929. A Roman Pipe-burial from Caerleon, Monmouthshire. Antiquaries Journal Vol. IX, January 1929, Issue 1, pp.1-7. p.3.

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May 6 2020 11:10AM

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