Monument record MCC7954 - Colchester - Abbey Fields

Summary

Roman cemetery possibly continuous with the Butt Road cemetery to the W (see ).

Location

Grid reference Centred TL 994 243 (925m by 1028m) (FCE)
Map sheet TL92SE
Non Parish Area COLCHESTER, COLCHESTER, ESSEX

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Full Description

Roman cemetery possibly continuous with the Butt Road cemetery to the W (see ). Numerous cremations were found during the construction of the barracks in the late C19 extending into the area levelled for a football field in Abbey Road. Concentrations of urns were found near the Artillery Folly. From there there is a scatter as far as the town walls. The E and W boundaries have not been determined. To the S, few burials have been found in Abbey Field itself, but these include some inhumations (see also TL92-161 and 162, ). Plotting of individual burials on Abbey Field is difficult due to a lack of precise provenances. The area adjacent to the walls seems to have been used as a Roman refuse tip, as at Union Field (see TL92-049, ), with a build up of soil containing pottery, animal bones, oyster shells, with a great abundance of samian but few C4 coins. For more detailed information see Hull's Roman Colchester (source 1). <1> - <4>

Sources/Archives (14)

  • <1> DESC TEXT: Hull, MR. 1958. Roman Colcheter. pp255-256.
  • <2> DESC TEXT: unknown. 1960 0nwards. SMR form unknown.
  • <3> DESC TEXT: Cutts, EL. 1883. Colchester.
  • <4> DESC TEXT: Laver, PG. 1922. Laver Diary. 2 Aug, 29 Sept 1922.
  • <5> DESC TEXT: Trans Essex Archaeological Soc. unknown. Trans Essex Archaeol Soc. Vol 20, p289.
  • <6> DESC TEXT: Colchester Museum. 1932. Col Mus Rep. p36ff and 10, fig.1.
  • <7> DESC TEXT: Trans Essex Archaeological Soc. unknown. Trans Essex Archaeol Soc. Vol 13, p107.
  • <8> DESC TEXT: Colchester Museum. 1929. Col Mus Rep. p29.
  • <9> DESC TEXT: Rudsdale, EJ and Farmer, G. unknown. DESC TEXT by Rudsdale, EJ and Farmer, G. MS.
  • <10> DESC TEXT: Colchester Museum. 1944. Col Mus Rep. p40.
  • <11> Artifact: Colchester Museum. unknown. ARTEFACT Col Mus.
  • <12> DESC TEXT: Colchester Museum. 1931. Col Mus Rep. p8, 31, 32.
  • <13> RECORD SHEET/FORM: Ordnance Survey. unknown. OS cards. TL92NE2.32, 1976.
  • <14> RECORD SHEET/FORM: Ordnance Survey. unknown. OS cards. TL92NE2.42, 1976.

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Jan 10 2018 3:39PM

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