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An interpretation on to a modern map of the Peutinger Table, also using the Antonine Itenraries in the Western part (Britain, Spain, Portugal, N.Africa), which does not survive.

Roman Roads in Portugal

A gazetteer of the Roman roads of Portugal.

Roman Roads in Castilla y Leon

A gazetteer of the Roman roads of Castille, an excellent piece of work offering downloadable data. It can be slow to load at first, due to the large file sizes.

Germania Magna Germania - The Forgotten Province

A brief but interesting study by Martin Hulsemann of the possible campaign roads and true Roman roads

Empire wide Orbis

ORBIS, developed in 2012 by Walter Scheidel and Elijah Meeks for the University of Stanford, is an attempt to express Roman communication costs in terms of both time and expense. The website allows the creation of routes along a few selected major roads across the empire, according to the setting of various variables such as fastest/cheapest/shortest, month of travel etc.. The distance, time taken, and cost in denarii is then calculated.

Britannia Inland Navigation before 1348

Whilst not directly Roman , this site does have enormous potential for understanding the use of inland waterways in the Roman period. Inland Navigation in England and Wales before 1348: GIS Database maps the rivers and canals of medieval England and Wales that are known to have been navigated by various forms of water transport, bringing together evidence from documentary sources, the archaeological record and place-name information. It provides a digital resource for investigating the extent and character of medieval inland navigation on a national scale.

Bridges of Medieval England to 1250

Whilst not directly Roman, this project, part of the Leverhulme funded ‘Travel and Communications in Anglo-Saxon England’ examines all known fords and bridge sites from archaeological and documentary evidence, prior to 1250. Since it is thought that many, if not most early medieval roads had Roman origins, this project may help us better understand the true relationships between the Roman and early medieval networks.

Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire

Developed by Johan Ahlefeldt at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, this resource is an attempt to map the entire Roman world as part of Pelagios, with every site and every road. Its starting point is the Barrington Atlas from 2000, and as such some of the mapping is a little out of date, although improvements are being made. British roads are derived from Margary.

Iberian Peninsula Mercator-E Project

The main research objective of this project is evaluate the changes in the transportation historical networks evaluating their connectivity and the costs and times of travel from the Roman period to the 19th century. The project is on-going, and collates work by many different researchers in its mapping of the immense Roman network in the peninsula. An interactive map of Roman roads is available here.

Asia Minor Roman roads and Milestones of Asia Minor

During many years of field work in the 1970s–1990s, the then director of the British Institute at Ankara, David H. French, traced Roman roads, bridges, road stations and other archaeological features, and recorded milestones and related inscriptions in all the Roman provinces of Anatolia west of the Euphrates. His first monograph relating to this project appeared in 1981, followed by a two-volume preliminary catalogue in 1988. These  volumes are now extremely hard to find, and expensive. However, volume 3 of the series, Milestones, was published in nine fascicules and is now available for download from the BIAA. French only completed the first fascicule of Volume 4 before he died in 2017, and that is also available for download.

The Anatolian Roads Project

This ambitious project is dedicated to research in the field of the Roman road system located in ancient Anatolia, present-day Turkey. Unfortunately, progress seems to have stalled over the past couple of years.

The Secret History of the Roman Roads of Britain

Built by Mike Bishop to accompany his book of the same name, this webpage provides maps of the British Roman road network as recorded by Margary and Codrington, along with mapping of the work of other researchers. All the data can actually be downloaded for use in Google Earth Pro, or in QGIS, although the process is far from obvious on screen. After several requests, here are some basic instructions

1. Select the map you’re interested in

2. The map loads, then click the data layers icon – 5th down on the left - looks like a stack of plates.

3. There can be issues when downloading multiple layers at once, so we recommend only having one layer turned on and visible

4. Now click the share and embed icon – that’s the circle with three connected blobs inside, the 3rd down.

5. A panel will come up on the right, and near the bottom you’ll see a black drop down labelled ‘download data’ - set by default at Full Map Data. That setting will download a UMAP file, not usable by most users– click the dropdown and  ‘kml’ from the dropdown list if you want to use Google Earth Pro, or GeoJson for use in QGIS or other GIS package

7. Just below the black dropdown is a turquoise button – ‘download’ – you may have to scroll down a bit. Click it.  Job Done