AttestedLeugosena at position 248 in the Ravenna Cosmography

Where:  Probably the south-west end of the Menai Strait, around SH4562.

Name origin:  About Leugo- see here, possibly referring to open sand flats there, and -sena fits PIE *senə- ‘apart, separated’ much better than *sen- ‘old’.

Notes: This location, in the approach to Roman Caernarfon, is the most likely among a dozen estuaries between Aberystwyth and Lancaster to fit Leugosena's position in the Cosmography's “harbour tour”.  It has been much discussed with regard to the Roman army's conquest of Anglesey, for example here.

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