Attested: Ratecorion at position 92 in the Ravenna Cosmography
Where: Probably the Roman fort at Trent Vale, SJ868433, near the river Trent, on the outskirts of Stoke-on-Trent.
Name Origin: For initial Rate- see the discussion of Latin ratis ‘raft, logboat’ versus Irish ráth ‘earthen rampart’ under *Ratae (Leicester), which is itself too far away from the Cosmography's apparent track across the map to be Ratecorion. The –corion part fits Greek χωριον ‘place’ or Latin curia ‘court’, possibly meaning the central gathering place of a guild of watermen engaged in transporting pottery, a heavy cargo.
Notes: Evidence for a pottery industry at Stoke-on-Trent in Roman times is limited, but its local clay would have made excellent Samian ware and its local coal could have heated Roman baths and kilns. A word cori occurs in an inscription [ci]vitatiscorieltavvorom (Tomlin, 1983; Coates, 2012) from this area linked with the Cosmography's Eltavori.
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