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The Demetae Tribe

Background to the Demetae

Location of the tribe

Location of the DemetaeThe south eaat coast of Wales: Carmarthen, Dyfed.

Capital: MORIDVNVM

During the Late Pre-Roman Iron-Age the Demetae tribe inhabited a territory roughly equatable with the modern county of Dyfed in south-west Wales. There are only two places of note in the Roman administrative district, both of which are attributed to the tribe by Ptolemy (vide supra). Their hillforts appear to share attributes with those found in the south-western peninsula of England.

Principal towns and settlements in Demetae territory

Moridunum - (Carmarthen, Dyfed) - Possibly the site of a Flavian fort. The only polis attributed to the tribe by Ptolemy, the location of this settlement was also known as Muridunum. The civitas capital may have been only a vicus attached to the fort.

Other known Romano-British settlements

Aber-Cyfor - Name uncertain - Romano-British buildings included a tessalated pavement.

Cwm Brwyno - (Dyfed) - Native settlement in a loop of the Afon Rheidol

Ford - (Dyfed) - Settlement on the Afon Cleddau. There are several native hillforts in the neighbourhood of the crossing over the Afon Cleddau.

Parc-yr-Eglwys - (Eglwys Cymmyn, Dyfed) - Roman buildings near Iron Age earthworks overlooking Carmarthen Bay

Trelissey - Name uncertain - (St. David's, Dyfed) - Roman building within an Iron Age site.

Romans in Britain Celtic Tribes menu headerIceniTrinovantesCatuvellanuniCantiumAtrebatesDumnonniDurotrigesDobunniSiluresDemetaeOrdovicesCornoviiCorieltauviDruidsDeceangliBrigantesParisiVotadiniSelgovaeNovantae?VeniconesThere be Dragons here!TaexaliVacomagiCaledonni

To see the details of a tribe from an area, pass your mouse pointer over the map and select a specific region.

This section is not quite complete, as there are some tribes for which there is little information. These will be updated when the necessary facts have been established.

 

 

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