ARCHI UK Ancient Place Finder

Did you know that a place's name can often be an archaeological indicator of its ancient history? For example, most of us are familiar with the word Chester in a place names such as Manchester, Cirencester, Alcester and many others.

In most cases this word is derived from the Roman word 'castra' meaning a defended military settlement. So, if your looking for a places associated with Roman Britain, then as a start, enter Chester in the Place-name element 1 box and search our ARCHI UK database for all the places in Britain which have this word in the name and the archaeology in and around these places.

Once you master the 'hidden meaning' behind place and field names, you will soon be seeing particular place-names as bright neon sign posts to the past.

So, once you familiarise yourself with these special place-names, feel free to use this search form to actually locate these places and follow the links to ARCHI UK to get an idea of the archaeology surrounding that particular place.

The search form takes wildcards for more powerful searches which are detailed below. Try them and see what you come up with.


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The search form above allows you to search for a place-name term in six ways:

search type

description

example

Literal place-name search

Here one searches for an exact match of the place-name (case independent).

Performing an element search with the word "bury" would find all place-names of that name only containing the word "bury", but not Oldbury etc.

Stem place-name search

Here one searches for all place-names which start with the element.

Performing an element search with "stow*", would find, in addition to all "stow" place-names, other names containing the word "stow" at the beginning such as Stowmarket, but NOT not Walthamstow.

Terminal place-name search

Here one searches for all words which ending with the element.

Performing an element search with "stow*", would find, in addition to all "stow" place-names, other names containing the word "stow" at the end of the name such as Walthamstow, but NOT not Stowmarket.

Element place-name search

Here one searches for all words where the search term forms part of the word you are searching for.

Performing an element search with "*bur*", would find, in addition to finding all place-names of the name "burg", other names containing the element such as Edinburgh.

Sterminal

Here one would enter the character or characters which are at the begining of a place-name together with a character or characters which are at the end of the place-name.

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Boolean

Using this method one can search for place-names which include or exclude certain elements or place-names.

Performing an element search with "*burgh*" as the first element and "little".

 
 
 
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