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LACTODORUM (Towcester) Northamptonshire, England.

Identified from its position in the Antonine Itinerary (470.6, 476.11). The name (corrupted to Iacodulma in the Rav. Cosm. 5.31) means town of dairymen. Many chance finds are known from this town on Watling Street and in 1954 limited excavation revealed some details of the defenses. The wall, of the late 2d c., lay over some 1st and early 2d c. buildings. In the 4th c. it fell into the ditch and was not repaired, though new buildings continued to be erected.


VCH Northamptonshire I (1902) 184; “Roman Britain,”JRS 45 (1955) 135; 59 (1969) 219; Itinerary: A.L.F. Rivet,Britannia 1 (1970) 42, 49; meaning of name: K. H. Jackson, ibid. 75.


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