(“Vertis”) Worcestershire, England.
Buried below the Saxon, medieaval, and modern city
lies the Roman town. Although quantities of pottery and
other objects, now in the City Museum, have been found
in excavations, little is known about this early period.
There is evidence of a pre-Roman settlement at a crossing of the Severn, and its tactical significance probably
caused a 1st c. fort to be located here. Civil defenses
have been found but remain to be resolved, as does the
street plan. To the N was a substantial suburb, associated
with iron working. It is possible that the name Vertis in
the Ravenna Cosmography
may apply, indicating a bend
in the river, or the place at which the road turned away
Trans. Worcestershire Arch. Soc
. 2 (1970) 15ff.