Archaeologists have found evidence of food bought by Romans before they were massacred by Boadicea's armies.

The Warrior Queen's forces razed Colchester to the ground, destroying everything in their path.

But the severity of the fire also preserved parts of it – parts which have now been unearthed by Colchester archaeologists.

Time teams excavating behind Williams&Griffin, in Colchester High Street, have discovered all manner of historical treasures, including a major public building, jewellery, pots and human remains.

And they have now found food that was never eaten.

Dates, figs, wheat and what are thought to be peas, were all found on a shelf in the kitchen of a Roman home.