Your guide to Mersea Island

Did you know about Mersea Barrow?

Did you know about Mersea Barrow?
Just up the East Mersea road as you come onto Mersea Island, is a conspicuous mound on the left. It is thought to be a Romano-British burial barrow, to AD 100-120 (although in 2012 there is a growing school of thought that it may be a purely Roman burial mound). The mound was excavated in 1912 and an entrance passage built. In the centre was a small burial chamber built of Roman bricks capped by septaria (clay nodules) and inside was a lead box with a wooden lid. The box contained an urn of green glass containing cremated remains. 
The barrow is also known as Mersea Mound, Mersea Mount or Grim's Hoe.

This post has been categorised under: Art & Museums, History.

Visitors comments

PETER MANDELL on 20/5/2019 at 15:46 says:

I visit Mersea Island often as inspiration for some of my paintings,and to take photographs.
I saw the barrow mentioned somewhere recently, and will visit soon and report back.


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