Monument record MCC2304 - Roman pottery kiln (Kiln 23), Sheepen Area L, Colchester


Roman pottery kiln (Kiln 23), Sheepen Area L, recorded in 1938.


Grid reference TL 98744 25676 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE


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Roman pottery kiln (Kiln 23), Sheepen Area L. This kiln was found on the east side of region 4 in the excavations of 1938. It was rectangular in plan and poorly preserved, being nowhere more than 9' high. The walls were of clay, 8' thick, where preserved, for much of them had been destroyed. The flue-space measured 5ft 8in by 4ft 2' with a central support projecting from the back wall, 4ft 6' long by 14' wide. The stoke hole, which was imperfect, was only 15' wide at the mouth, splaying to 2ft wide inwards. The burnt clay floor was mostly missing. The interior was packed with remains of flagons and jugs embedded in fragments of burnt clay and ashes.<1><2> Thought to have been destroyed during Boudican revolt.<3>

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Monograph: Hull, M. Rex. 1963. The Roman Potters Kilns of Colchester. XXI. pp.147-148.
  • <2> Monograph: Hawkes, C.F.C. and Hull, M.R.. 1947. Camulodunum: First Report on the Excavations at Colchester 1930-1939. p.106.
  • <3> Serial: Colchester Archaeological Trust Ltd.. 1999. CAR 10: Roman pottery from excavations in Colchester 1971-1986. CAR 10. p.491.

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Oct 27 2016 8:34AM

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