ALDBOROUGH (Village) ENGLAND
Isorbrigantium (Aldborough) Yorkshire, England.
The Antonine Itinerary places it half way between Eboracum (York) and Cateractonium (Catterick); it also appears in the Ravenna Cosmography. The Roman town covered 24 ha, one-sixth the size of Roman London.
There are traces of the town wall N of Aldborough Hall and a number of buildings on the W side of the village street (entrance through Museum). The wall is of friable local red sandstone, with bastions at the corners, and has in part been built over an earlier ditch. The street plan is a simple cross, with the forum probably at the intersection, the present village green. The name is probably derived from Isira, which may have been the original name of the Ure which runs N of the town. The buildings in the town are in poor condition. There are some mosaic pavements, but the best one, showing Romulus and Remus with the she-wolf, is in the Leeds City Museum.
G.F. Wilmot, ed.
This text is from: The Princeton encyclopedia of classical sites, Princeton University Press 1976. Cited Feb 2006 from Perseus Project URL below, which contains bibliography & interesting hyperlinks.
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