Element record MCC2316 - Roman cremation burial, Vint Crescent, Colchester


Roman cremation (one of ten) recovered from Vint Crescent/St Mary's Rectory, recorded in 1848.


Grid reference TL 98294 24890 (point)
Map sheet TL92SE
County ESSEX


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Full Description

One of ten cremations recovered from Vint Crescent.
A large fine house, known as St Mary's Lodge occupied the land now taken up by Vint Crescent. On 24/2/1848 Alderman Vint reported, "I have been trenching the paddock near my house and…have several Roman urns discovered by my labourers; the last makes the tenth, I believe, most of them broken; the contents of nearly all were similar to those usually found here, burnt and partly burnt human bones…the sizes vary from 6 to 11" high. The first one was…enclosed in a cist…of Roman tiles of which two are quite perfect, 11 1/4" by 16 by 2 2/4 ". The others are much broken...There is also something like a foundation near where this urn was found." <1><2>

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Hull, M. Rex. Roman Colchester II: Extramural and Walls. II. p.64.
  • <2> Serial: British Archaeological Association. 1843. Vol. III Journal of the British Archaeological Association. Vol. III. p.57.
  • <3> Index: Essex County Council. 1972. Colchester SMR (computer). 11980.

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Record last edited

Oct 27 2016 8:46AM

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