Monument record MCC7857 - Colchester - Berry Field


In 1923 a fine zoomorphic pavement was found and removed to Colchester Museum.


Grid reference TM 00 25 (point) (FCE)
Map sheet TM02NW


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In 1923 a fine zoomorphic pavement was found and removed to Colchester Museum. <1> <2> The large ppavement was found during digging of a hole for rubbish and was nearly complete. The position was reported innnaccurately, eg, about 30 yards E of Queen Street. Hull gives correct position. The design is complete except for onw corner which has sunk, owing to an earlier pit or well beneath it. A skeleton (believed to be a youngish woman) lay obliquely across the pavement at the extreme NW corner. No further notes were made. Photo of the pavement in source 3. Coins found in this garden include as `as' of Nerva, found in 1766 (reverse as given in Hull not regarded as authentic by Mattingly and Syddenham). The coin is recorded in source 4 and is not in the Gray Collection in Colchester Museum, and is perhaps identical with the one in the British Museum. <3> <4> <5>

A magnetomer and topographic survey was carried out in the grounds of East Hill House. A negative linear anomoly running N-S is possibly a street, revetment, or terrace.<6>

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> DESC TEXT: Laver, PG. 1924. Archaeological Notes: Berryfield. NS, Vol 17, part 2, p118.
  • <2> Artifact: Colchester Museum. unknown. ARTEFACT Col Mus. Acc No 4753.24.
  • <3> DESC TEXT: Hull, MR. 1958. Roman Colchester. Vol 3, p16.
  • <3> DESC TEXT: Archaeologia. unknown. Archaeologia. Vol 3, p16.
  • <4> DESC TEXT: Mattingly, H and Sydenham, EA. 1923. The Roman Imperial Coinage. Vol 2, p228.
  • <5> Artifact: unknown. unknown. ARTEFACT BM?.
  • <6> Geophysical Report: Johnson, A.E.. 2003. East Hill House, Colchester, Essex : Magnetometer (gradiometer) & Topographic survey.

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Nov 3 2015 11:41AM

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