Element record MCC1861 - Roman cremation, 24 High Street, Colchester


Roman cremation, 24 High Street.


Grid reference TL 99548 25186 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE


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Full Description

A urn of native ware is held in the museum with a label, "discovered by Mr Joseph Gunn when excavating for building premises for Messrs Benham & Co High Street, Colchester". According to Benhams Almanac this would be 24 High Street. A note by Hull comments, "Despite the very circumstantial details given the find-spot cannot be accepted, for it lies ..within the walled town", but then he goes on to suggest that as the vessel is possibly Claudian and therefore the burial could be an isolated one made before the fortress was laid out.<1> This is Hull's Grave Group No 316.<2>

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Hull, M. Rex. Roman Colchester II: Extramural and Walls. II. Grave 316.
  • <2> Serial: Colchester Museums. 1937-1944. Colchester Museum Reports 1937-1944. p.40.

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Record last edited

Dec 12 2016 11:52AM

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