Attested: Ptolemy 2,3,6 Δουνον κολπος
Where: Robin Hood’s Bay, a little south of Whitby, around NZ9704.
Name origin: See here about dunum ‘fort’; κολπος is just Greek for ‘bay’.
Notes: Kleineberg et al.
(2012) chose this location on the basis of their re-analysis of Ptolemy’s coordinates (rather than Tees Bay often suggested) but places from Whitby to Scarborough might fall within the range of error. No major fort, native or Roman, is known in the area, but the Romans did build a series of lookout stations on the north-east coast. The one at Ravenscar might be a good candidate.
Last Edited: 6 Aug 2016