Element record MCC1907 - Iron Age cremation burial, Lexden Grange, Colchester


Iron Age burial (cremation), recorded in 1904. The gravegoods included a bronze mirror, coral mounted bronze cup and a pair of jugs.


Grid reference TL 97835 25121 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE


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Full Description

A flat cremation grave of Iron Age date was found at Lexden grange during the construction of a drain. The grave yielded a know well known group finds including a bronze mirror, coral mounted bronze cup and a pair of jugs form 131.<1> The burial containing the mirror was found in 1904 although the circumstances of the discovery and the manner of internment are not fully recorded. The grave goods are catalogued in the Annual Report of Colchester Museum for 1904 with a note stating that they were found, "in a field on the north side of Lexden Road, where Lexden Grange now stands".<2><3> An account published by Henry Laver in the Antiq Soc Proceedings states "the discovery was made a short distance from the town within the bounds of the Borough during some excavations for drainage and every effort was made to try and save the whole of the vases and other relics possibly the whole was preserved" <4> The site is marked on the 1923 OS map, probably on Laver's information and therefore probably quite correctly.<5> COLEM 1904.638.<6> SMR summary.<7>

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Monograph: Hawkes, C.F.C. and Hull, M.R.. 1947. Camulodunum: First Report on the Excavations at Colchester 1930-1939. p.13.
  • <2> Serial: Colchester Museums. 1913. Colchester Museum Reports 1903-13. 1903-13. p.17.
  • <3> Serial: Society of Antiquaries. 1948. Vol. XXVIII Antiquaries Journal. Vol. XXVIII.
  • <4> Serial: Society of Antiquaries. 1905. Vol. X Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of London. Vol. 19. p211.
  • <5> Cartographic materials: Ordnance Survey. 1923. 1923 OS Map of Colchester 1:2500. 1:2500. NXXXVII.2.
  • <6> LIST: Colchester Museums. 1898-1912. Colchester Museum Accession Register 1898-1912. COLEM1904.638.
  • <7> Index: Essex County Council. 1972. Colchester SMR (computer). No11716.

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Dec 13 2016 2:02PM

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