Attested: Eltavori (or Eltanori) at position 93 in the Ravenna Cosmography
Where: Eltavori could lie at several places, depending on the Cosmography's track across the map, but most likely is a nodal point in the Roman road network near Water Eaton, Staffordshire, SJ898107, where at least six ancient roads converged around a vexillation fortress, two forts, several camps, and a defended settlement.
Name origin: Eltavori makes best sense as a compound of PIE *al- ‘to grow’ (as in Latin altus ‘high’) plus *wer- ‘high raised spot’. This would fit an ancient tribal assembly point for the part of Staffordshire that later became the Hundred of Cuttlestone, which Horowitz recognised as probably on Beacon Hill, at position SJ898130.
Notes: The Antonine Itinerary's Pennocrucium was nearby. The non-existent **Corieltauvi people are still cited far too often!
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