Roman burial

Description of this historic site

The site of a Roman burial of an adult male. The burial was found during an archaeological excavation. It was situated 500m south east of Bidford Grange.

Notes about this historic site

1 A Roman lead coffin, located by metal detector users, was excavated by staff of the Warwickshire Museum in 1986. It proved to be the lining of a wooden coffin, containing the extended inhumation of an adult male on its back with the hands crossed over the stomach. The burial was aligned N-S with its head to the N. The lead coffin lining was well preserved, but had been damaged on one side. It was quite plain, and was 1.9m long and tapered slightly from head to foot. The maximum width was 0.41m and the maximum height 0.3m. The coffin contained fragments of three conical glass beakers, a common C4 type. Fragments of one vessel were also found in the grave pit. Ten iron coffin nails were also recovered.
2 The skeleton is complete except for part of the left leg and foot, is of an adult male, late 30s or early 40s, and 1.7m in height.
3 A more detailed description of the excavation.
4 It appears to be a duplicate record to MWA6015.

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