The History and Antiquities of the County of Suffolk Volume 2

The History and Antiquities of the County of Suffolk Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1846 edition. Excerpt: ...been also used by the Romans for exploratory purposes. To identify, however, the site of Roman Dunwich with the name of any station recorded in Anglo-Roman history, from these general evidences of occupancy, would be a difficult, if not an impossible task; for in no part of England do we find the localities of Roman towns and encampments less satisfactorily fixed than in Suffolk. Theories must remain theories still, open to the fullest discussion; and in Dunwich the fury of the ocean has removed nearly every considerable remain. If the writer's opinion, expressed in the Introduction to this work,6 be correctly formed, the route pursued in the ninth Iter of Antoninus passed through the centre of the modern county of Suffolk, leaving Dunwich far to the eastward of the great military way, which led from London to the Venta Icenorum. This place could not, therefore, have been the Sitomagus, as argued by some, --a station of the first importance, which Camden supposes to have been at Thetford, and others agree in fixing at Woolpit. Mr. Davy--a modern authority of no little weight in matters connected with East Anglian topography--is of opinion that the Sitomagus was certainly here, and considers the distances, marked in the ninth Iter as intervening between Venta, Sitomagus, and Cambretonium, to coincide perfectly with the actual admeasurements from Caistor by Norwich to Dunwich, and thence to Burgh by Woodbridge. This would, I think, place the Sitomagus too far from the Venta Icenorum, and has the further objection that its adoption would leave the heart of the province untraversed by its principal military way, and remove its most important fortresses to the confines of the coast. It is probable that no certain evidence, arising from the vestiges of...
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  • Paperback | 196 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 358g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123656328X
  • 9781236563286