Element record MCC445 - Post Roman Inhumation burial, Middleborough, Colchester,


Post Roman, unfurnished inhumation burial discovered during excavations at Middleborough (Cattle Market) in 1979.


Grid reference TL 99347 25568 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE
1848 Parish ST PETER
County ESSEX


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Full Description

During the excavations at Middleborough in 1979 (ECC335), a post Roman unfurnished inhumation burial (F780) was discovered over the site of MCC404 (CAT Building 72). Only the very west end of this grave survived, with the head facing west.

The burial was one of four on the Middleborough site (see MCC445-MCC448) which lay without coffins in shallow, east-west (and west-east) aligned grave cuts. Although difficult to date, the burials were cut into the post-Roman topsoil (MCC445 was over the site of CAT Building 72, several metres to the north of grave MCC446/F770) and probably pre-date the early medieval pottery industry (second half of the 12th century) on the site as none of the pottery produced in MCC433 and the other kilns was found in the graves.

The burial was of a male aged between 17 and 25 years.<1>

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Serial: Crummy, Philip. 1981. CAR 3: Excavations at Lion Walk, Balkerne Lane and Middleborough, Colchester, Essex. 3. pp.185-186 & Figs. 172-173.

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Record last edited

Oct 19 2016 9:57AM

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