Information for record number MWA4727:
Undated burial, Priory Park, Warwick

Summary The site of several undated burials. They were found in Priory Park, Warwick, during the creation of a garden in the 19th century. The burials did not contain any grave goods. It has been suggested that they could be either Romano-British or Medieval in date.
What Is It?  
Type: Burial, Inhumation, Burial?, Inhumation?, Burial?, Inhumation?
Period: Medieval - Romano-British (1066 AD - 409 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Warwick
District: Warwick, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 28 65
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

Source Number  

1 During reconstruction of the Priory House the grounds to the S of the House were laid out as an ornamental garden. Several burials were located about 0.6m from the surface. All were badly decomposed and no grave goods were found. Dr O'Callaghan did not consider these burials to be associated with the Priory and thought them to be Romano British.
2 Burgess records that the skeletons were lying across the face of a ridge of rock which had been covered with earth.
3 Skulls and Roman pottery from the grounds immediately joining the Priory House were presented to the Warwick Field Club in 1868.
4 Some pieces of Samian are said to have been found, with bronze tweezers, 'tearbottles' etc in the Priory grounds. The details of the discovery have not been recorded, but the tweezers suggest Saxon burial.
5 It is not certain that the Romano British pottery and the bronze tweezers came from these burials. However the VCH records that some finds were in the possession of T Lloyd who is recorded to have donated the skulls and Romano British pot to the Warwick Archaeological Society in 1868.
6 These burials may be more likely to be monastic in origin being in the vicinity of a monastic burial found in 1971.

Source No: 4
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Victoria County History, vol 1, Warwickshire
Author/originator: Doubleday H A & Page W (eds)
Date: 1904
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: 1
Source No: 1
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Warwick Arch Soc
Author/originator: O'Callaghan
Date: 1867
Page Number: 9-11
Source No: 2
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Arch J
Author/originator: Burgess T
Date: 1876
Page Number: 376-7
Volume/Sheet: 33
Source No: 3
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Warwick Arch Soc
Date: 1868
Page Number: 23
Source No: 6
Source Type: Conservation Plan
Title: Warwick Priory: A Conservation Statement
Author/originator: Palmer N
Date: 1999
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: Version 1.0
Source No: 5
Source Type: Record Card/Form
Author/originator: Hingley R C
Date: 1985
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: PRN 4646
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source Arch J The Archaeological Journal is published by the Royal Archaeological Institute. It presents the results of archaeological and architectural survey and fieldwork on sites and monuments of all periods as well as overviews of such work. The journal is published annually. back
source VCH The Victoria County History of the Counties of England. This publication covers the history of each county in England. For Warwickshire, seven volumes were published between 1904 and 1964. They comprise a comprehensive account of the history of each town and village in the county, and important families connected to local history. Each volume is organised by 'hundred', an Anglo-Saxon unit of land division. The Victoria County History also contains general chapters about Warwickshire's prehistory, ecclesiastical and economic history. A copy of each volume is held at the Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record. back
period Roman About 43 AD to 409 AD (the 1st century AD to the 5th century AD)

The Roman period comes after the Iron Age and before the Saxon period.

The Roman period in Britain began in 43 AD when a Roman commander called Aulus Plautius invaded the south coast, near Kent. There were a series of skirmishes with the native Britons, who were defeated. In the months that followed, more Roman troops arrived and slowly moved westwards and northwards.
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period Medieval 1066 AD to 1539 AD (the 11th century AD to the 16th century AD)

The medieval period comes after the Saxon period and before the post medieval period.

The Medieval period begins in 1066 AD.
This was the year that the Normans, led by William the Conqueror (1066 – 1087), invaded England and defeated Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings in East Sussex.
The Medieval period includes the first half of the Tudor period (1485 – 1603 AD), when the Tudor family reigned in England and eventually in Scotland too.

The end of the Medieval period is marked by Henry VIII’s (1509 – 1547) order for the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the years running up to 1539 AD. The whole of this period is sometimes called the Middle Ages.
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monument HOUSE * A building for human habitation, especially a dwelling place. Use more specific type where known. back
monument SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument CLUB * A building used by an association of persons for social and recreational purposes or for the promotion of some common object. back
monument INHUMATION * An interment of unburnt, articulated human remains. Use specific type where known. back
monument PARK * An enclosed piece of land, generally large in area, used for hunting, the cultivation of trees, for grazing sheep and cattle or visual enjoyment. Use more specific type where known. back
monument ARCH * A structure over an opening usually formed of wedge-shaped blocks of brick or stone held together by mutual pressure and supported at the sides; they can also be formed from moulded concrete/ cast metal. A component; use for free-standing structure only. back
monument GRAVE * A place of burial. Use more specific type where known. back
monument PRIORY * A monastery governed by a prior or prioress. Use with narrow terms of DOUBLE HOUSE, FRIARY, MONASTERY or NUNNERY. back
monument FIELD * An area of land, often enclosed, used for cultivation or the grazing of livestock. back
monument BURIAL * An interment of human or animal remains. Use specific type where known. If component use with wider site type. Use FUNERARY SITE for optimum retrieval in searches. back
monument GARDEN * An enclosed piece of ground devoted to the cultivation of flowers, fruit or vegetables and/or recreational purposes. Use more specific type where known. back
monument ORNAMENTAL GARDEN * A decorative garden, often landscaped, laid out with intricate flower beds and hedges, and often containing ornate sculptures, fountains and garden ornaments. back

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