Colchester families' last meal before Boadicea struck

Archaeologist Emma Holloway on the dig behind Williams and Griffin in Colchester

One of the preserved dates found in the dig

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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.

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5:57pm Fri 22 Aug 14

PROOFREADER says...

Was the food in Markus et Spencus bags?
Was the food in Markus et Spencus bags? PROOFREADER
  • Score: 8

10:54pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Boris says...

They didn't have best-before dates in those days. So the dates, at least, should still be good enough to eat.
They didn't have best-before dates in those days. So the dates, at least, should still be good enough to eat. Boris
  • Score: 2

8:46am Sat 23 Aug 14

hughie-s says...

PROOFREADER wrote:
Was the food in Markus et Spencus bags?
Nope, it was from one of the VII Tescoius, hope they had a Primacius in Roman Colchester.
[quote][p][bold]PROOFREADER[/bold] wrote: Was the food in Markus et Spencus bags?[/p][/quote]Nope, it was from one of the VII Tescoius, hope they had a Primacius in Roman Colchester. hughie-s
  • Score: 2

11:58am Sat 23 Aug 14

Jess Jephcott says...

It wasn't so long ago that the archaeologists discovered sprouting barley in the Boudiccan layer, giving us the opportunity to claim that the earliest evidence of beer making belongs to Colchester. But keep that a secret as we wouldn't want details of our second to none heritage being leaked out to potential visitors. Think retail. Think retail. Think retail. The worship of cars and retail must take priority over all other matters.
It wasn't so long ago that the archaeologists discovered sprouting barley in the Boudiccan layer, giving us the opportunity to claim that the earliest evidence of beer making belongs to Colchester. But keep that a secret as we wouldn't want details of our second to none heritage being leaked out to potential visitors. Think retail. Think retail. Think retail. The worship of cars and retail must take priority over all other matters. Jess Jephcott
  • Score: 6

6:24pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Brown Envelopes says...

How do they know it was the scoff from the silly c*w ?
Anyway the Romans stuffed here dates at the end of the day and thank g*d for that !
Everyone keeps rabbiting on about the lucky score in Colchester, which had to happen in this town didnt it ?
The Roman Empire was bigger than some off feral idiot, who tried to make a name for herself.
How do they know it was the scoff from the silly c*w ? Anyway the Romans stuffed here dates at the end of the day and thank g*d for that ! Everyone keeps rabbiting on about the lucky score in Colchester, which had to happen in this town didnt it ? The Roman Empire was bigger than some off feral idiot, who tried to make a name for herself. Brown Envelopes
  • Score: -3
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