Find Spot record MCC9329 - Finds from a disturbed Roman burial at 51-53 Butt Road, Colchester


A piece of human arm bone and a large sherd of amphora were recorded from modern contexts (L1), during monitoring of foundation trenches for a new extension, most likely from a disturbed Roman burial (or burials).


Grid reference TL 99280 24755 (point)
Map sheet TL92SE
County ESSEX


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An adult or sub-adult human humerus (26.4cm long) was recovered from the archaeological monitoring. Found within L1, this bone was probably from a disturbed inhumation associated with the Butt Road Roman cemetery.

A single sherd (weight 692g) from the shoulder of a Dressel 20 Spanish Oil amphora (Fabric AJ – see CAR 10) was recovered from layer 1 (L1) in footing trench E. In general terms, Dressel 20 amphorae are broadly current during the period of the mid 1st early/mid 3rd century. The sherd has been modified, showing that the pot had been cut down for reuse by removing the neck and rim just above the level of the base of the handle allowing access to the body of the pot. The cut edge has been roughly smoothed. Also, this modification has cut through a group of incised lines indicating earlier graffiti scratched onto the pot body. Some Dressel 20 amphorae are known to have been modified by the removal of the neck and rim leaving the large, round, hollow body of this amphora type as a convenient receptacle or container. On occasion this has previously been encountered with cremation burials at Colchester where a cremation urn, accessory pots and/or other objects have been placed together in the buried amphora body.<1>

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  • <1> Watching Brief Report: Pooley, Laura. 2016. Archaeological monitoring and recording at 51-53 Butt Road, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3BZ. CAT Report 969.

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Jul 7 2016 9:03AM

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