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From Aug 2006 - Nov 2013 WeDig provided a live forum for diggers & fans of Vindolanda. It has now been mothballed and will be maintained as a live archive.

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Stanegate
I think that the Stanegate area should be viewed more as a consolidation zone crezted by the Roman military as it continued to expand the northern border of its British province. The Stanegate may have more in common with areas where the military stopped and threw up a network of forts, fortlets, towers, etc. further south in Britain than with the Hadrianic and post-Hadrianic views of military expansion. So, I propose that the Stanegate was originally a consolidation zone that was to then be used a the staging area for a push north expanding the provincial border ever northward. Due to politics in Rome that expansion never occured and the Stanegate area then turned into a frontier zone.
Matt