West Mersea Barrow
In 2012, the lead box and its contents returned to Mersea for the first time in 100
years, to be exhibited at Mersea Museum for the summer. The opportunity was then
taken to have the bones analysed to try find out more about the person buried in
Click here to read about the results of the analysis.
7 August 2014 the bones returned to Mersea once more, and are on display
in Mersea Museum. We are grateful to Colchester and Ipswich
Ipswich Museums for the loan of the bones and their help in getting them here.
2021 the bones returned to Colchester. Initially for more testing on their background, looking at DNA.
They will remain in Colchester for the year as part of a special exhibition at Colchester Museum - see
Decoding The Roman Dead.
Mersea Museum organises open days at the barrow from time to time.
Contact us for details -
Do you want to know more?
Follow the links below to view some historic and recent reports on the Barrow:
Extracts from the report on the 1912 excavation of the Barrow
View full report on the 1912 excavation of the Barrow
1969 article from Essex Countryside on Mersea Barrow
June 2013 article on the analysis of the Bones from the Barrow
The Secrets of the Mound - Mersea Barrow 1912-2012
A detailed history of the Barrow, published in 2012, with a 2013 update.
Wheel Tomb and Child's Burial Tomb"