2,000-year-old human bones found in archaeological dig at Colchester's Williams and Griffin store

Gazette: Photo: Colchester Archaeological Trust Photo: Colchester Archaeological Trust

Human remains from the Boudiccan Revolt have been found during an archaeological dig at a department store.

Parts of a jaw bone and shin bone have been found during excavations at Williams and Griffin, in Colchester High Street.

The Colchester Archaeological Trust is currently on site following the demolition of the store’s east building as part of a £30million redevelopment.

Philip Crummy, director of the Colchester Archaeological Trust, said: “The recently discovered bones in Williams and Griffin must be the remains of people who died in buildings set on fire by the British as they quickly overran the town.

“This is only the second collection of burnt human bone to have been recorded from the Boudiccan debris.

“The bones were not in their correct anatomical positions relative to each other but they may nevertheless have belonged to the same body.

“The existing teeth suggest a person who was in his or her late teens or early 20s.”

The Boudiccan Revolt took place in AD 61 when British tribes unsuccessfully tried to free the country from Roman control.

As a result of the failed attempt, thousands died and Colchester, London and St Albans were burnt to the ground.

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12:10pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Shoosh1905 says...

I hope that we use this to our advantage and drum up some business for the town centre. W&G have invested well in the town centre and it's about time local and central government started backing them, instead of just throwing Bus lanes and obstacles in the way of our businesses.
When are we going to see a local drive to get some tourists into this town showing off it’s culture and heritage. Norwich does it and they have half as much as us!
Come on Bob Stand up for your Town, show some initiative and turn this into a huge win for Colchester or are you too busy slurping from the gravy train to care!!
I hope that we use this to our advantage and drum up some business for the town centre. W&G have invested well in the town centre and it's about time local and central government started backing them, instead of just throwing Bus lanes and obstacles in the way of our businesses. When are we going to see a local drive to get some tourists into this town showing off it’s culture and heritage. Norwich does it and they have half as much as us! Come on Bob Stand up for your Town, show some initiative and turn this into a huge win for Colchester or are you too busy slurping from the gravy train to care!! Shoosh1905
  • Score: 13

12:32pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Catchedicam says...

We have a fabulous history in the town and it's immediate environment, such a shame that we bury and build on it rather than use it to to showcase Colchester for the great place that it is, if we brought more decent folk into the town centre then perhaps we can dispose of the 'drinking to 4am' culture that seems to pervade us at the moment and further degrades our beautiful Town.
We have a fabulous history in the town and it's immediate environment, such a shame that we bury and build on it rather than use it to to showcase Colchester for the great place that it is, if we brought more decent folk into the town centre then perhaps we can dispose of the 'drinking to 4am' culture that seems to pervade us at the moment and further degrades our beautiful Town. Catchedicam
  • Score: 6

5:16am Wed 9 Jul 14

MaryPoppins87 says...

How random to find a jaw.
How random to find a jaw. MaryPoppins87
  • Score: 4

9:23am Wed 9 Jul 14

PROOFREADER says...

Shoosh1905 wrote:
I hope that we use this to our advantage and drum up some business for the town centre. W&G have invested well in the town centre and it's about time local and central government started backing them, instead of just throwing Bus lanes and obstacles in the way of our businesses.
When are we going to see a local drive to get some tourists into this town showing off it’s culture and heritage. Norwich does it and they have half as much as us!
Come on Bob Stand up for your Town, show some initiative and turn this into a huge win for Colchester or are you too busy slurping from the gravy train to care!!
It is Fenwick who did the investing not W&G, W&G is just hte name on the front of the store.
[quote][p][bold]Shoosh1905[/bold] wrote: I hope that we use this to our advantage and drum up some business for the town centre. W&G have invested well in the town centre and it's about time local and central government started backing them, instead of just throwing Bus lanes and obstacles in the way of our businesses. When are we going to see a local drive to get some tourists into this town showing off it’s culture and heritage. Norwich does it and they have half as much as us! Come on Bob Stand up for your Town, show some initiative and turn this into a huge win for Colchester or are you too busy slurping from the gravy train to care!![/p][/quote]It is Fenwick who did the investing not W&G, W&G is just hte name on the front of the store. PROOFREADER
  • Score: -6

8:21pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Hampton23 says...

PROOFREADER wrote:
Shoosh1905 wrote:
I hope that we use this to our advantage and drum up some business for the town centre. W&G have invested well in the town centre and it's about time local and central government started backing them, instead of just throwing Bus lanes and obstacles in the way of our businesses.
When are we going to see a local drive to get some tourists into this town showing off it’s culture and heritage. Norwich does it and they have half as much as us!
Come on Bob Stand up for your Town, show some initiative and turn this into a huge win for Colchester or are you too busy slurping from the gravy train to care!!
It is Fenwick who did the investing not W&G, W&G is just hte name on the front of the store.
Dick
[quote][p][bold]PROOFREADER[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoosh1905[/bold] wrote: I hope that we use this to our advantage and drum up some business for the town centre. W&G have invested well in the town centre and it's about time local and central government started backing them, instead of just throwing Bus lanes and obstacles in the way of our businesses. When are we going to see a local drive to get some tourists into this town showing off it’s culture and heritage. Norwich does it and they have half as much as us! Come on Bob Stand up for your Town, show some initiative and turn this into a huge win for Colchester or are you too busy slurping from the gravy train to care!![/p][/quote]It is Fenwick who did the investing not W&G, W&G is just hte name on the front of the store.[/p][/quote]Dick Hampton23
  • Score: 2

7:45am Thu 10 Jul 14

MaryPoppins87 says...

PROOFREADER wrote:
Shoosh1905 wrote:
I hope that we use this to our advantage and drum up some business for the town centre. W&G have invested well in the town centre and it's about time local and central government started backing them, instead of just throwing Bus lanes and obstacles in the way of our businesses.
When are we going to see a local drive to get some tourists into this town showing off it’s culture and heritage. Norwich does it and they have half as much as us!
Come on Bob Stand up for your Town, show some initiative and turn this into a huge win for Colchester or are you too busy slurping from the gravy train to care!!
It is Fenwick who did the investing not W&G, W&G is just hte name on the front of the store.
For a proof reader, it's slightly comical that you spelt 'the' wrong.
[quote][p][bold]PROOFREADER[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoosh1905[/bold] wrote: I hope that we use this to our advantage and drum up some business for the town centre. W&G have invested well in the town centre and it's about time local and central government started backing them, instead of just throwing Bus lanes and obstacles in the way of our businesses. When are we going to see a local drive to get some tourists into this town showing off it’s culture and heritage. Norwich does it and they have half as much as us! Come on Bob Stand up for your Town, show some initiative and turn this into a huge win for Colchester or are you too busy slurping from the gravy train to care!![/p][/quote]It is Fenwick who did the investing not W&G, W&G is just hte name on the front of the store.[/p][/quote]For a proof reader, it's slightly comical that you spelt 'the' wrong. MaryPoppins87
  • Score: 4

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