Tyne and Wear HER(13523): Newcastle, Clavering Place, Roman coffins - Details
Newcastle, Clavering Place, Roman coffins
Religion or Ritual
Two stone coffins were found east of a Roman road on the BEMCO site in 2008. The lids were meant to be seen on the surface but the crispness of the stone carving suggested that grass had covered them before long. Two similar coffins were found nearby in 1903. Bone preservation of the burials was very poor but a fine Whitby jet pin and a glass bead was found in one them, suggesting that the occupant was female. The individuals were probably the family of one of the senior officials in the Roman army, possibly fort commander.
D.H. Heslop, 2009, Newcastle and Gateshead before AD 1080, in Diana Newton and AJ Pollard (eds), 2009, Newcastle and Gateshead before 1700, pages 14-15