A brief history of Doncaster.

Doncaster or Danum as it was named by the Roman settlers was chosen as a northern outpost because of its geographical location. Being central in England and situated right in the centre of the main trading routes it was the perfect setting both for trade and defense.

Although the Romans were responsible for the early success of Doncaster it had been an important settling place since the iron age. The archaeology of the region proves that fact and it has been said by learned men that if the archaeology of Doncaster were celebrated as much as York celebrates its, then Doncaster would be the better of the two. 

The purpose of this site is to make and keep available the information and finding of archaeologists and historians that was so readily available via the Doncaster Archaeological and Historical Society, or DAHS.

DAHS closed it’s doors in early 2011 taking with it an amazing resource and pool of knowledge. Here at Doncaster History we aim to keep the information, reports, images and advice of the Society and some of its members freely available to the public so that Doncaster’s Archaeology, History and Heritage may be accessed and celebrated on into the future.

The content of this site is sometimes taken from publications that were released a great many years ago. I have done this on purpose as it gives an interesting slant when compared with what we know today. Usually, with the advancement of science and better archaeological techniques, the theories of yesterday are way off the mark but I still think they are important documents to look back on.

I have tried to be as accurate as possible with my research and the facts. That said, it is inevitable that some mistakes are made. I am relying on you to spot them and to inform me so that they can be rectified, the last thing I want is to be giving out false information. This entire site is provided free of charge and a great deal of research and work has gone into making it available. You may notice that at strategic points throughout the site we are raising money for charity, if you would like to donate something you can do so by clicking the donate button here.

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