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Lexden Tumulus

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<b>Lexden Tumulus</b>Posted by GLADMANImage © Robert Gladstone
Nearest Town:Colchester (2km ENE)
OS Ref (GB):   TL975247 / Sheet: 168
Latitude:51° 53' 7.16" N
Longitude:   0° 52' 12.45" E

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<b>Lexden Tumulus</b>Posted by GLADMAN


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This Iron Age burial mound dates from around 10 BC and may have contained the body of Addedomaros of the Trinovantes. The grave goods give an insight into the extent of Romanisation of the local aristocracy more than 50 years before the Claudian invasion. There were 17 wine jars, chain mail and a coin of Augustus struck in 17 BC which had been mounted as a portrait medallion. Other items included a statuette of Cupid and figurines of bull, boar and griffin. Trade with Roman Gaul was already influencing fashions among the rich. Earthstepper Posted by Earthstepper
8th September 2003ce
Edited 8th September 2003ce