Element record MCC2909 - Roman cremation burial, north of Gosbecks, Colchester


Probable Roman cremation burial recorded during Site C excavations in advance of the construction of Cunobelin Way (and the housing estate to the north), north of Gosbecks Archaeological Park, in 1995-6.


Grid reference TL 96907 22940 (point)
Map sheet TL92SE
County ESSEX


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

One of three definite cremation burials (CF42) identified in the northern half of Site C during the 1995-6 excavations (also MCC2907 and MCC2908) and all had suffered damage prior to excavation.

The final certain cremation burial was located to the west of the boundary ditch (MCC2893) and cannot be closely dated. A sandy grey ware jar contained the cremated remains which had been partly cut away by a contractor’s trench prior to excavation and part of the vessel lost. The remaining part of the grave pit was a rough semi-circle.<1>

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> EXCAV REPORT: Benfield, Stephen (CAT). 2008. Excavations of Late Iron Age and Roman features and a Roman road north of Gosbecks Archaeological Park, Colchester, Essex 1995-1996. CAT report 127, p.9 & Fig. 14.

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  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Dec 20 2016 10:22AM

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