Element record MCC2814 - Roman cremation burials, Handford Place, 1 Queens Road, Colchester


One in-situ Roman cremation and other possible cremations recorded at Handford House (now Handford Place), Colchester, during an evaluation in 2002.


Grid reference Centred TL 98575 24749 (40m by 32m)
Map sheet TL92SE
County ESSEX


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

The excavation of three trial-trenches at Handford House, 1 Queens Road, Colchester, revealed one in situ Roman cremation and other possible cremations. Modern or post-medieval gardening activity and the digging of pits for rubbish-disposal may have destroyed other cremations on the site.<1>

A watching brief excavation was subsequently carried out between 2003-5, during the construction of a small housing development (ECC2867). This work revealed 68 burials in total, consisting of nine inhumation burials (excluding bone from three further inarticulated inhumations), two busta and 57 other cremation burials (seven of which did not contain cremated bone but have been classified as disturbed cremation burials).

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Evaluation Report: Orr, Kate (CAT). 2002. An archaeological evaluation at Handford House, 1 Queens Road, Colchester, Essex. CAT report 210, pp.1-2.
  • <2> Watching Brief Report: Orr, K.. 2010. Archaeological excavations at 1 Queens Road (Handford House, now ‘Handford Place’), Colchester, Essex 2003 and 2004-2005. CAT Report 323.

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Record last edited

Dec 19 2016 2:23PM

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