Accession No

D 1970.14


Description

Limestone milestone with roughly rectangular cross-section, straight sides, and carved inscription on flat face. Rough, weathered surface with multiple large cracks running down the sides, partially filled with infill; mounted on a historic wooden base. Inscription reads: 'To our Lord Flavius Julius Crispus, most noble Caesar, son of Flavius Constantinus Maximas Pius, Grandson of the deified Constantius Pius.'


Place

Europe; British Isles; England; ?Cambridgeshire; ?Peterborough; ?Ermine Street


Period

Roman 4th century 317-326


Source

Trinity College, Cambridge [depositor]; Cotton, Robert (Sir) [collector]


Department

Arch


Reference Numbers

D 1970.14; RIB 2239


Cultural Affliation


Material

Stone; Limestone


Local Term


Measurements

250mm x 1995mm x 260mm


Events

Context (Display)
Old label accompanying object notes: "Milestone provenance uncertain but it may come from the Ermine Street near Peterborough. "D(omino) N(ostro) Fl(avi) Iul(io)/Crispo/Nob(ilissimo) Caes(ari)/Fl(avi) Cons/Tantini/Maximi/Piifilio/Divi/Const/Anti Pi(I)/Nepoti - To our Lord Flavius Julius Crispus, most noble Caesar, son of Flavius Constantinus Maximas Pius, Grandson of the Deified Constantius Pius" (transcribed by Kate Sutton 23/7/2001)
Event Date
Author: Imogen Gunn


Context (Field collection)
'Rectangular milestone. Its origin is unknown; it was seen before 1732 by Horsely in the Cotton Collection at Connington, Hunts., 8 miles south of Peterborough, and was ascribed by him to the Carlisle area, to which it does not belong geologically. The stone is an oolitic limestone which is likely to have come from Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire or Yorkshire. It seems reasonable to conjecture that it was found in the Peterborough region on the line of Ermine Street, and was added by the local landowner, Sir Robert Cotton, to his collection.' (Collingwood and Wright 1965).
Event Date
Author: Imogen Gunn


Context (References)
For more bibliographic references, see Collingwood and Wright (1965).
Event Date
Author: Imogen Gunn


Context (References)
Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum. (1863). Vii, Inscriptiones Britanniae Latinae, ed. Aemilius Huener. Berline, 1873, vii 1153, addit. p. 313.
Event Date 1863
Author: Imogen Gunn


Context (References)
Journal of Roman Studies, xii (1922), 281.
Event Date 1922
Author: Imogen Gunn


Description (Inscription)
Collingwood and Wright translation of inscription reads: 'To our Lord Flavius Julius Crispus, most noble Caesar, son of Flavius Constantinus Maximus Pius, grandson of the deified Constantius Pius.' See Collingwood and Wright for transcription.
Event Date 1965
Author: Imogen Gunn


Context (References)
Collingwood, R.G. and Wright, R.P. (1965). The Roman Inscriptions of Britain. Vol 1: Inscriptions on Stone. Clarendon Press. Number 2239.
Event Date 1965
Author: Imogen Gunn


Description (Physical description)
Milestone probably from Ermine Street.
Event Date 27/9/1994
Author: maa


Description (Physical description)
Stone milestone with inscription: 'To our Lord Flavius Julius Crispus, most noble Caesar, son of Flavius Constantinus Maximas Pius, Grandson of the deified Constantius Pius.'
Event Date 24/3/2021
Author: Imogen Gunn (admin)


Context (Amendments / updates)
This record incorrectly gave the Place as Castor, Northamptonshire and the find details as 'Found 1 mile south of Castor (Durobrivae) in 1785'. This seems to have been a duplication of the other milestone from the Trinity College loan, D 1970.13; this milestone's findspot is uncertain, although is likely from the Peterborough area along Ermine Street, and it was seen in Robert Cotton's collection before 1732. The record has been updated accordingly.
Event Date 24/3/2021
Author: Imogen Gunn (admin)


Description (Physical description)
Limestone milestone with roughly rectangular cross-section, straight sides, and carved inscription on flat face. Rough, weathered surface with multiple large cracks running down the sides, partially filled with infill; mounted on a historic wooden base. Inscription reads: 'To our Lord Flavius Julius Crispus, most noble Caesar, son of Flavius Constantinus Maximas Pius, Grandson of the deified Constantius Pius.'
Event Date 23/4/2021
Author: Jazmin Hundal


FM:74551

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