Element record MCC514 - Roman disarticulated remains in fortress ditch, Balkerne Hill, Colchester


Roman disarticulated remains of an execution victim were discovered in the ditch of the Legionary fortress during excavations at Balkerne Hill, 1973-6.


Grid reference TL 99218 25167 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE
1848 Parish ST PETER


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Full Description

During excavations at Balkerne Lane in 1973-6 (ECC332) the disarticulated remains of a human were found lying scattered on the bottom and sides of the Legionary fortress ditch (MCC478). The remains of five other humans were found in the near vicinity (MCC510-MCC513, MCC515) mixed with large quantities of animal bone and lying in layers of debris associated with the iron working sites (see MCC483-MCC486). All appear to have been execution victims.

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Serial: Crummy, Philip. 1981. CAR 3: Excavations at Lion Walk, Balkerne Lane and Middleborough, Colchester, Essex. 3. pp.94-97.

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Oct 14 2016 9:53AM

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