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ILCHESTER (“Lindinis”) Somerset, England.

The Roman town, whose ancient name may have been Lindinis or a form allied to it, lay on the Fosse Way where it is joined by a road from Durnovaria (Dorchester). The site has long been known but has not yet been extensively examined. In the mid 1st c. A.D. a settlement of simple circular huts was surrounded by a bank and ditch. In the 4th c. an area of ca. 12.8 ha was enclosed by a wall 0.9 m wide; this defensive work was perhaps added to an earlier clay bank. The S gate has been identified and one of its towers excavated. On the evidence of two inscriptions from Hadrian's Wall which mention Durotriges Lindinienses (or Lendinienses), it has been suggested that Lindinis was an administrative center of the civitas Durotrigum, equal in status with Durnovaria.


Proc. Somerset Archaeological Society 46 (1951) 188.


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