Monument record MCC652 - Roman Pottery Kiln (Kiln No 22), Sheepen, Colchester


Roman, 2nd century kiln at Sheepen, recorded during excavations between 1930-39.


Grid reference TL 98702 25269 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE
County ESSEX


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A small 2nd century pottery kiln of irregular circular shape. The central support of crude clay blocks as before, was 2ft 1" long by 7" wide; the sides of baked clay 8-14" thick, reinforced with pieces of tegulae. The fire-hole was served by a small pit in the general floor level. The diameter of the kiln was 2ft 9" and the sides stood to 18". No trace of the dome remained, and of the floor only a small patch near the front. The stoke-hole was 10" wide and 2ft 8" long on the west side, but only 2ft on the east side. The pottery found inside the furnace may well belong to it, for it contained a quantity of fragments of unguentaria, especially of the lip-rims, which had jumped off in firing, and which were rarely found in the rest of the rubbish filling the enclosure. There were no colour coated fragments.<1>

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  • <1> Monograph: Hawkes, C.F.C. and Hull, M.R.. 1947. Camulodunum: First Report on the Excavations at Colchester 1930-1939. p.121.

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Jul 10 2019 11:14AM

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