“Boudica Was Here”: Stashed Jewelry and Bones Point to Boudica’s Rebellion

A little over sixteen-hundred years ago, a Celtic queen known as Boudica is said to have taken on the invading Romans. Her march across England saw several towns burned to ashes, including London. Anyone familiar with the rebellion knows that there exist skeptics. For one, the only reference to her are two Roman accounts, always questionable. The only physical evidence of her is a coin that depicts her husband and a geological layer of ash dated to the time of her rebellion. However, a recent excavation by public archaeologists in Colchester has uncovered two new pieces to the puzzle, stashed jewelry and human remains.

We think that we have found the jewellery collection of a wealthy Roman woman who lived in Colchester, which had been buried under the floor of a house that was subsequently burnt to the ground during the Boudican Revolt in AD 61.

In addition to this priceless find of ancient jewelry that will be further examined and conserved, the project also unearthed human remains.

The remarkable find of human bones which we uncovered recently on the site had been lying near the buried treasure, in the debris of destroyed buildings. Two of the bones show evidence of injuries which suggest that fighting and a violent death took place here during the Revolt.

The Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service is promised to be the permanent home for this unique find.

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