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Doctor’s Grave (Colchester)

The Doctor’s Grave has been dated to AD 40-50, at the time of the Roman invasion.

We know that he was a doctor because his cremated remains were buried with a set of surgical instruments and a bowl filled with a medicinal drink. Other objects in the graves, include a board game and a set of eight metal rods, are thought to have been used to check that the omens were good before he started surgery.

The site was excavated in 1996 by the Colchester Archaeological Trust. A full scale replica of the grave is on display at Colchester Castle.

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