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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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MBetz
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Has there been a date discovered for the camp further west that is bisected by the stanegate? That camp is on an east-west axis and on a slope with good views to the north, east, and southeast. Vindolanda is situated in a shallow plateau, defended by streams and stream valleys to the south, east and northeast. Views directly east and southeast are blocked by barcombe hill and views to the west are cut off by the rising of teh hill slope. I understand the fort may have been sited to protect the ford but is that becuase a road existed already and the future Roman road improved upon that road and shifted its course to run more northerly than a previous road once did? Could the original fort built on the plateau have faced east-west showing a line of march possibly? Only later it was shifted to a north-south axis as the fort was to be built for a smaller garrison?
There are many tumuli and monuments in the area. How much archaeology has been done in the past at possible indigenous sites? Are some fields still plowed or do most farmers have pasture for sheep and cattle? It would be a grand adventure to do a day of fieldwalking in areas near the tumuli and monuments (mare & foal come to mind). Who knows what may turn up.
Mateo
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