Element Group record MCC3071 - Two Medieval inhumation burials, 1 Priory Street, Colchester


The bones of two articulated burials were exposed between 1.4-1.8m below ground surface in a footings trench, and recorded during a watching brief in 2000.


Grid reference TL 999 249 (point)
Map sheet TL92SE
County ESSEX


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

One consisted of a skull, apparently undisturbed, and two ribs and an arm bone which had clearly been thrown back into the hole by the builders on discovery (they were in loose soil and disarticulated). The other, apparently undisturbed, consisted of a pair of thigh bones. The burials were aligned E to W and are clearly associated with St Botolph’s priory, which lies only a few metres south of here. By implication, they should not be later than the date of the Dissolution (1535-1541). <1>

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Watching Brief Report: Brooks, H (CAT). 2000. A watching brief at the former St Botolph’s Parish Hall, 1 Priory Street, Colchester, Essex. CAT Report 96.

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Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Related Events/Activities (1)

Record last edited

Jan 10 2017 9:49AM

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