The Rural Settlement of Roman Britain: an online resource

Martyn Allen, Nathan Blick, Tom Brindle, Tim Evans, Michael Fulford, Neil Holbrook, Julian D Richards, Alex Smith, 2015 (updated 2016)



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Legend for Imperium Romanum

Digital map of the Roman Empire courtesy of Pelagios Project under a CC-BY license.

Ancient placename (major places) e.g. Herculaneum7
Ancient placename (all other places) e.g. Stabiae9
Ancient rivername e.g. Aufidus (repeated)6
Ancient lakename e.g. Lemannus7
Modern placename e.g. Terzigno9

Major settlement (capital, colonia, municipium)6
Major fort (legionary fortress)6
Major sanctuary or temple7
Settlement (civitas, vicus, other settlement)8
Fort (castrum, castellum)8
Road or coastal station8
Sanctuary or temple9
Monastery or church10
Mine, quarry or production10
Province, e.g. Raetia5-7
Major road5
Minor road7
Limes, citywall7
Perennial/Permanent lakes and rivers5
Non-Perennial/Intermittent/Fluctuating lakes and rivers8
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