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CAT Report 799: summary

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An archaeological watching brief at 56 Creffield Road, Colchester, Essex: May 2014
by Donald Shimmin
(with contributions from Julie Curl)

Date report completed: January 2015
Location: 56 Creffield Road, Colchester, Essex
Map reference(s): TL 9872 2471
File size: 3,774 kb
Project type: Archaeological watching brief
Significance of the results: **
Keywords: Roman, burial, human, bone, lamp, pottery

Summary. Three Roman burials, two cremation burials and an inhumation, were excavated during an archaeological watching brief at 56 Creffield Road, Colchester. One of the cremation burials was urned. The other one was disturbed, but was possibly unurned, and among the finds from it was a complete Roman factory lamp. Only the lower limb bones of the inhumation were exposed. The burials formed part of the western cemetery area of Roman Colchester, and probably lay close to a Roman road. A post-Roman ditch extended roughly from south to north down the middle of the site.