Monument record MCC607 - Roman pottery kiln (No 15), Sheepen, Colchester


Roman 2nd century Pottery Kiln No.15, Sheepen, recorded during the 1930s excavations.


Grid reference TL 98635 25266 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE


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Kiln 15 was found on the edge of Area Y at the Sheepen excavations 1933-9 by the Colchester Excavation Committee. The body of the kiln was circular, with an outside diameter of 5ft. The sides were of clay fortified with pieces of tile and broken pottery, including pieces of imported T.S. dishes and local mortarium rims, and stood to a height of 20", at which level, only a few inches under the turf, the plough had removed every-thing. The interior diameter was 3ft 5" and the rectangular central block of burnt clay which had supported the floor remained in position. The stoke-hole or flue, approached by a small hollow in the surrounding yellow sand 2ft 4" long by 14" wide. It has been arched with tiles, some of which were still in position when uncovered. The products of this kiln were probably grey and buff wares. No local T.S. or colour-coated ware was found incorporated in the kiln wall.<1><2>

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Monograph: Hawkes, C.F.C. and Hull, M.R.. 1947. Camulodunum: First Report on the Excavations at Colchester 1930-1939. p.121.
  • <2> Monograph: Hull, M. Rex. 1963. The Roman Potters Kilns of Colchester. XXI. p.13.

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Oct 17 2016 9:04AM

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