Sitomagus

AttestedSitomago on iter 9 of the Antonine Itinerary;  Sinomago on the Peutinger map

Where:  The Roman fort at Ixworth, Suffolk, TL93136975, as explained by David Ratledge here.  It fits Itinerary mileage figures perfectly.

Name origin:  ‘Seat of power’, with first element from Latin situs, past participle of sino ‘to set down’.  For the second element –magus see under Caesaromagus.

Notes:  This name has long puzzled commentators; see, for example, Steerwood (2003).  Ixworth makes this iter have a strange track, which might be because the Roman fort was constructed to enforce Roman control after Boudicca's rebellion.  It was the kingpin of Roman control of East Anglia, sitting at the end of the chalk ridge known as the Icknield Way, which represents the main way for any army to move into what would become the heartland of Anglian Norfolk and Suffolk, on the river Black Bourn, a tributary of the Little Ouse, and the Great Ouse, towards The Wash.

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