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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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Thanks for 7 great years!

Stanegate
Hello there,

Thanks for your musings - Chris, Matt and Harry.

I drive along bits of the "Stanegate" nearly all the time and I am extremely tempted to try a "dot to dot" version of the Stanegate on a map. English Heritage have just published an archaeological map of Hadrian's Wall with the known bits of the Stanegate highlighted in red. (Scale 1:25,000)

EH's Stanegate travels from Carvoran past Vindolanda through Newbrough over to Chesters fort (almost) and then making a right turn - stopping short of the North Tyne at Homer's Lane.

On the other side of Carvoran the Stanegate is marked out from Throp (other side of Gilsland) to Upper Denton. Then starts again at Castle Hill, Boothby (near Naworth) finishing on the outskirts of Carlisle. Other Roman roads are shown on the map but not marked out as "Stanegate".

I think I need to refer myself back to two books which may help:
Hugh Davies' Roman Roads in Britain and Ivan Margery's (seminal work): on the same subject (1950's). Probably Collingwood Bruce as well...regrettably I do not have these to hand right now.

A quick look at the Roman Britain Map (OS) suggests a Carlisle-Corbridge Stanegate Road (with some dotted lines in places)...with other Roman Roads filling in the "gaps" as and when they are needed.

So....all these thoughts and musings have come at a very timely time...for this guide at Vindolanda. :)

If I find that Margary says anything for definite (or anyone else for that matter!) I'll let you know. . .

Roman Britain novels - a survey
Hi Lillian,

I too am reading "The Eagle of the Ninth" and can heartily recommend it. Lindsey Davis and her "Falco" books are good too. She's also an author who tries to write back to all her readers via her excellent website (so I'd refer you that too). Any Robert Harris book (especially his Roman books) is always a good read.