Category Archive: South Yorkshire

Oct 01

The Kingdom of Venutius

The Kingdom of Venutius – Brigantia – AD 69 “Inspired by these differences between the Roman forces and by the many rumours of civil was that reached them, the britons plucked up courage under the leadership of Venutius, who, in addition to his own natural spirit and hatred of the Roman name, was fired by …

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Oct 01

The Gallus Frontier – Brigantia against the Romans

The Gallus Frontier – Roman Rig and associated Iron Age Forts   The Gallus frontier, outlined in blue, south of the line, the Roman fortifications, to the north, Venutius’ kingdom. The Frontier changes made by Gallus In “Rome against Caratacus” Graham Webster put forward the proposal that Gallus was forced to remodel the existing Plautian …

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Oct 01

Roman Rig Defensive Dyke, South Yorkshire

Roman Rig The Roman Rig is a defensive dyke built to defend against attack from the south. It runs from Sheffield, past Templeborough and carries on almost to Doncaster. If this is a Brigantian dyke it would certainly add weight to Websters definition of the Roman border in the period. Diagram of Roman Rig (based …

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Sep 28

Scoles Coppice, South Yorkshire

Scoles Coppice Little is known about the camp at Scholes Coppice, but it’s small size and proximity to Roman Rig mean it could well have been used as a patrol fort for the Roman Rig defense. This is the 1850’s os map showing Scoles Coppice camp, the Roman Rig dyke runs a few hundred meters …

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Sep 28

Sutton Common, Doncaster, South Yorkshire

Sutton Common – Doncaster Sutton Common is an early Iron Age fort/enclosure site just north of Doncaster, A key feature of this “marsh fort” is that it seems to use the surrounding marsh land as part of its defence – a twist on the more common hill fort. A further point of interest is the …

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Sep 27

Wincobank, South Yorkshire

Wincobank – Sheffield 1903 OS map of Wincobank Location Wincobank (W.R.), Hillfort (SK/378910) 2.5 miles NE of center of Sheffield. Finds in Sheffield Museum. Description “This is an oval fort with an internal area of 2.5 acres. A bank, ditch and counterscarp bank are continuous around it except on the N side where ditch and …

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