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Gazetteer of ROMAN  Yorkshire
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This gazetteer is an ambitious project compiled by volunteers and which is aimed to be completed in three stages. Stage 1, establishing the structure of the gazetteer with a page for every known site is now complete (December 2013). We apologise for the delays in getting this far, which have unfortunately been caused by illness and bereavement. Stage 2, which will ensure that every site has some content comprising at the very least a brief summary, should be finished during the summer of 2014. The final stage will attempt to provide a detailed and well illustrated account (including a full bibliography) for each Roman site in Yorkshire. Stage 3 is of course a massive task which it is expected to take several years to complete. If you feel you might be able to help with this, even if only in a small way, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

The Gazetteer gives a description of every known Roman site in Yorkshire, classified into six main categories; Military, Settlements, Villas, Roads/Bridges, Industrial and Miscellaneous. Whilst the first five categories are self explanatory, the sixth category, “miscellaneous”, is a bit of a hotchpotch, and possibly needs a little further explanation. The first sub-category is Shrines and Temples, . Second come sites of known Roman origin, but whose purpose is unknown, again largely due to a lack of evidence. Included in this sub-group is the massive late Iron Age site at Stanwick near Scotch Corner, the supposed pre-conquest capital of the Brigantes, where evidence of Roman-style buildings has been found.  The third sub-category, “Spurious & Controversial”, are sites that are frequently attributed to the Roman period, where the evidence has been shown to be unsafe, mis-interpreted or just non-existent. Hopefully, this will help to dispel some of the persistent mythology surrounding sites such as Pompocali nr Leeds. Finally, we have “possible Roman Sites”, those reputed to have Roman origins, but which have had insufficient investigation or evidence to determine one way or the other.

We have included a few sites just outside the county, such as Binchester, and have also included sites identified from aerial photography as highly likely, even though excavation may not yet have taken place. As a general rule, we have omitted most so-called Romano-British settlement sites that show no signs of Roman style building. To have included every known late Iron Age round house, settlement, and enclosure would have increased the size of the gazetteer to mammoth proportions, something which was simply not practical, at least not at this early stage. Having said that, the distinction between a native site of the Roman period and an actual Roman site is often a blurred one; if we have omitted any location (for this or any other reason) which you feel should be included, please let us know. Even Yorkshiremen are known to change their minds occasionally!

Navigating around the gazetteer can be done using the interactive map (click on the button above right), or by using the pop-up menus which will appear if you point at the gazetteer menu above. If you need help, simple instructions are given by clicking the “Help Using Gazetteer” button above right, which appears on every gazetteer page. Of course, with any new project of this size, there are bound to be a few teething troubles, i.e. broken links, typos, the occasional error etc.; if you spot any we would be extremely grateful if you could let us know.

Finally, we hope you find the information contained on these pages useful, informative, and above all, interesting.