Tag Archive: Brigantia

Oct 01

Yorkshire’s “Sacred Vale” – The Dawn of Brigantia

The “Sacred” Vale of Mowbray – Brigantia’s Neolithic Capital? More than 2,000 years before the discovery and widespread use of Iron an unprecedented bout of monument building in the centre of Brigantia created the Britain’s largest religious monument complex, a place that has been suggested as being Britain’s religious capital during the Neolithic Period. Whatever …

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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

Cleave Dyke Defensive System, North Yorkshire

Cleave Dyke System The Cleave dyke system is several Dykes which combine to create a boundary of between 9 and 18 kilometres running north south to the west of Thirsk. To date excavations have found minimal dating evidence, but a pre roman date has been given which means if not built by Venutius the Dyke …

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Oct 01

Tor Dyke, North Yorkshire

Tor Dyke – North Yorkshire Preliminary Report Tor Dyke can be seen traced by the full length of the wall seen in the picture, it extends the natural escarpment of Cam Head which can be seen to the far left. This view is from the eastern side looking west. Introduction “Around AD70 the rebel Brigantian …

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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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Oct 01

Greta Bridge Roman Fort, County Durham

Greta Bridge Roman Fort Southern rampart ditches. Southern Rampart ditches. Earthwork outside of the main fort are by the river Greta. “The position at Greta Bridge presents many points of similarity with Bowes, but the rectangular area inclosed is 3 acres, and the earthworks are more perfect, espacially on the south, where there is a …

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Sep 30

Catterick Marching Camp, North Yorkshire

Roman Marching Camp – Catterick, North Yorkshire OS Ref: SE231991 OSMap: Landranger 99 Size; (160+ x c.230 m) 9 acres (3.6 ha). Discovered only recently by air survey and geophysics, this camp lies on the alluvial plain of the River Swale, on the south bank of the river just north east of Catterick racecourse. The …

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Sep 30

Maiden Castle, Pooley Bridge, Cumbria

Maiden Castle – Pooley Bridge, Cumbria A superbly circular “fort”, built on the side of the hill, which seems to be a Brigantian fashion (see below). This is built with two rampart walls and a very narrow ditch between – 1-2m. If these were defences, they seem pretty slight. In it’s way, a miniature version …

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Sep 29

Dunmallard Hill, Cumbria

Dunmallard Hill – Pooley Bridge, Cumbria Dunmallard Hill, shrouded in trees, hides a true hill-fort. It uses the steed slopes of the hill to good effect, adding to the defence with a deep ditch and rampart within. The ramparts are up to 10m in height from the base of the ditch, which is still 2-3m …

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