Element record MCC2797 - Roman cremation burial, Colchester Royal Grammar School, Colchester


Roman cremation burial, may be associated with the Roman temple-tomb, recorded by excavation in 2005.


Grid reference Centred TL 98753 24798 (0m by 1m)
Map sheet TL92SE
County ESSEX


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

There were two cremation burials inside the hexagon, four between the hexagon and the outer wall, and none beyond the outer wall. None had intact cremation urns. Three had parts of urns, and were probably disposed after deposition. The others had no urns. The burials, as excavated, varied greatly in their content and condition. The pot sherds in the burial cuts are consistently 3rd and 4th century in date and were stratigraphically too high to belong to phase 2, which would pre-date the temple-tomb.

One of the burials had been placed almost exactly centrally in the circular space within the hexagon, which may have been a primary burial.<1>

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Watching Brief Report: Brooks, Howard (CAT). 2006. A Roman temple-tomb at Colchester Royal Grammar School, 6 Lexden Road, Colchester, Essex. August-September 2005. CAT Report 345.

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  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Dec 19 2016 12:53PM

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