Rutunium

Possible Roman Settlement

Possible Roman settlement. Pottery and a rotary quern found. Conjectural site of a Roman posting station.

The only classical reference for the Roman name of this settlement occurs in the Antonine Itinerary of the late-second century. Iter II of this work is entitled “the route from the Wall to Portus Ritupis“, and details the somewhat circituous 501 mile journey from Richborough. In the middle of this itinerary is a station named Rutunium, located 12 miles from Mediolanum (Whitchurch, Shropshire) and 11 miles from Viroconium (Wroxeter, Shropshire).

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References for

Historical Map and Guide – Roman Britain by the Ordnance Survey (3rd, 4th & 5th eds., 1956, 1994 & 2001); The Roman Inscriptions of Britain by R.G. Collingwood and R.P. Wright (Oxford 1965);