Monument record MCC7491 - Sheepen - cemetery

Summary

A late C4 inhumation cemetery on the east side of the excavated site.

Location

Grid reference TL 985 256 (point) (FCE)
Map sheet TL92NE
Non Parish Area COLCHESTER, COLCHESTER, ESSEX

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Full Description

A late C4 inhumation cemetery on the east side of the excavated site. <1> During the 1970 excavations 14 inhumation graves were found, forming a previously unsuspected late Roman cemetery, of the C3-C4. Subsequent contractors excavation in 1971 produced five pre-Flavian cremation groups. These were not recovered under very good conditions but there was some indication that the 5 groups may have lain within an enclosure delimited by a ditch or possibly even a robbed out wall. The samian found with the groups suggests a Neronian date for the cremations which are chiefly remarkable for the wealth of the grave goods, notably glass and a fine wood and leather burial casket embellished with brass studs, an ornamental lock plate and decorative brass rings with paste beads. The grave goods include a jar, butt beakers, flask, Gallo-Belgic cup, Samian cups, a glass dish and pieces of a flagon in blue green glass. The graves produced a few late Roman grave goods; in most cases the skeletons had not survived. <2>

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> EXCAV REPORT: Niblett, R. 1985. Sheepen: an early Roman Industrial Site at Camulodunum. N0 57.
  • <2> DESC TEXT: Dunnett, BR. unknown. SMR.

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Record last edited

Nov 3 2015 11:41AM

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