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CAT Report 80: summary

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Evaluation at 26 West Lodge Road, Colchester: August 2000
by Crossan, C
(with contributions from Benfield, S; Crummy, N; Wade, A)

Date report completed: 30/08/2000
Location: Lexden, Colchester, Essex
Map reference(s):
File size: 1380 kb
Project type: Evaluation
Significance of the results: *
Keywords: Roman cremation, Roman pottery, human bone, lamp, small finds,

Summary. A small evaluation trench on a plot to the south side of 26 West Lodge Road revealed a Roman cremation burial, probably of 1st-century date. The top of the grave had been disturbed by past activity, leaving the lowest 20cm intact. This consisted of an oval pit with a centrally-placed pot, within which was found a quantity of cremated bone and a broken clay lamp. Four metres to the east of the grave was a post-hole of indeterminate but possibly early date. The site lies 800m to the west of the walled town, within a Roman cemetery area from which many cremation burials have been recovered in the last 150 years (Hull 1958; Crummy et al 1993).