Ισκαλις

Attested:  Ptolemy 2,3,28  Ισκαλις (or Ισχαλις), a πολις of the Βελγαι tribe.

Where:  This name has been generally been identified with the Roman fort at Charterhouse, Somerset, ST50405578, the centre of a major lead (and silver) mining industry, whose archaeology was discussed by Todd (1996).  Alternatively this entry might result from a manuscript error (small, but affecting name, coordinates, and tribe) on an entry that originally referred to Isca of the 2nd legion (Caerleon).

Name origin:  See Isca, possibly derived from ισχυς ‘power, the main body of troops’.  The –alis ending is a banal Latin adjective-forming suffix.

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Last Edited: 8 November 2016