Monument record MCC8408 - Colchester - Balkerne Lane

Summary

A large Roman altar of sandstone found in excavtions for a sewer in Balkerne Lane just outside the SW angle of the town wall, c.6ft below the surface.

Location

Grid reference TL 9921 2497 (point) (FCE)
Map sheet TL92SE
Non Parish Area COLCHESTER, COLCHESTER, ESSEX

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Full Description

A large Roman altar of sandstone found in excavtions for a sewer in Balkerne Lane just outside the SW angle of the town wall, c.6ft below the surface. It is said that it was found in the town ditch. It is just over 4ft high, and c.2ft square. The top is broekn but the inscription in a moulded panel is intact and translates as "To the Silvanian Mother Similis, son of Attius, a citizen of the Cantii, gladly pays his vow". An altar of these dimensions in such a place suggests the proximity of a temple of the matres. The site is near to that of St Mary's Church which may be significant but that is inside the walls.`Heavy masonry noted near Bull Hotel possibly could have been a temple of the Matres'. <1>< Other refs. <2> - <6>

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> DESC TEXT: Hull, MR. 1958. Roman Colchester. p240.
  • <2> DESC TEXT: Trans Essex Archaeological Soc. unknown. Trans Essex Archaeol Soc. Vol 7, p.257.
  • <3> DESC TEXT: British Archaeology Association. unknown. J Brit Archaeol Ass. Vol 37, p.227.
  • <4> DESC TEXT: Price, JE. unknown. Trans Essex Archaeol Soc. NS, Vol 2, p266.
  • <5> DESC TEXT: Archaeol J. unknown. Archaeol J. Vol 38, p.430.
  • <6> DESC TEXT: Archaeol J. unknown. Archaeol J. Vol 39, p.355.

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Record last edited

Nov 3 2015 11:41AM

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