Deciding which sites to include in this section was an extremely tricky one. Yorkshire has only two known planned Roman towns, the Civitas capitals of Isurium Brigantum (Aldborough) and Peturia, (thought to be somewhere between Brough and North Ferriby). In contrast, we have hundreds of Romano-British settlements, but when do they become sufficiently Roman to be included? We also have a large number of vici, civilian settlements that developed alongside Roman forts. Yet, as a vicus depended on the fort and military traffic/trade for its very existence, can vici really be regarded as independent settlements in their own right, or should they be treated as mere civilian adjuncts to military sites?
In order to qualify for inclusion here, a settlement must exhibit more than just a native site occupied by people who adopted a little Roman culture, ideally by exhibiting evidence of Roman style buildings. In addition, it should be an independent settlement in its own right, thus excluding most vici. There will no doubt be dissenters to this decision, but in order to keep the list manageable, some culling had to take place!
It is expected that the compilation of this section will be complete some time in early 2013. If you think you might be able to help in any way, whether by the provision of photographs or drawings, or maybe even by writing some of the entries, please get in touch.