Attested: AI iter 10 Coccio
Where: Wigan, Lancashire, around SD583056, located by AI’s mileages from Manchester and Ribchester. Recent archaeological work has revealed a substantial Roman settlement, which was possibly a military supply base, and the lines of Roman roads in the area.
Name origin: Coccium suggests κοκκινος/coccum ‘scarlet’, a word derived from plant-gall dye technology developed in the ancient Middle East. Maybe Wigan’s coal-based brick and tile making industry had a Roman precursor.
Notes: Four other Roman-era places had names possibly based on words for ‘red’: Sandonium from pottery; Burrium from building stone; Coccuveda from river pebbles; and Rutupiae from salt-making briquetage.
Last Edited: 04 June 2016