The Roman Map of Britain Moriduno Sidmouth or High Peak Camp?, Devon

Moriduno (R&C 23) next
Muriduno (AI 4837 Iter xii, by error)
Moriduno (AI 48616 Iter xv)
Ridumo (TP)


   I spent quite some time trying to treat the cosmographer's insertion of Iterum iuxta super scriptam civitatem Scadoniorum est civitas quae dicitur Moriduno as something slightly different from what it says. It seems a bit odd to note the juxtaposition of two sites. And the possibility that he meant next to the cities of the Dumnonii are the cities called... to define the border was intriguing. But this approach could not be reconciled with the cosmographer's methodology.
    Brean Down certainly was a moriduno 'sea-fort', and it wouldn't be a great surprise to find that Moriduno was its proper name. But Ravenna's Moriduno and that of AI must be the same. But rather than beginning a sequence of sites ending with Lindinis Ilchester, it is simply an entry distinguished by its own separate notation.


    A new interpretation of the next entry Alauna silua allows for Alaunus to be paired with Moriduno on Margary 49, and Ilua to be the first of a new sequence up the Fosse Way to Lindinis.
    The most suitable Iron Age/Roman settlement identified is High Peak Camp SY103859, which qualifies for the name Moriduno. Sidmouth SY1287 is the source of multiple Roman coin finds.

Sidmouth SY1287

HIGH PEAK CAMP; SIDMOUTH; OTTERTON; EAST DEVON; DEVON; SETTLEMENT, IRON AGE; SETTLEMENT, Roman SY 10 85 EHNMR-636623 EHNMR-636624
High Peak Camp, Sidmouth SY104 859
Scheduled Monument Number 55


    Margary's course for M49 [CHARMOUTH-EXETER (southern route)] would require alteration. The route would proceed southwest at Trow Farm SY 156 894 through Sidmouth to Otterton, and on to Exeter by the Woodbury Road. This course has High Peak Camp 15 m.p. from Exeter as specified by both AI and the Tabula Peutingeriana. The Durnonovaria-Moriduno mileage of xxxvi could be corrected to xxxxi, considering v to be an error for x. Sidmouth would be 17 m.p. from Exeter.