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ericjacobson
Mar 2 2010, 07:27 AM
Badger,

Good questions! For my part, I'm curious (a rhetorical question) as to why the temple was placed where it was--apparently right on the intervallum.
You know what just occurred to me -- over at Great Chesters there's that altar still in situ right inside the eastern guard tower of the south gate. I'll try to dig around & see what's known about that altar. Maybe pure coincidence, but interesting that two forts next to each other both have evidence of ritual at or just inside a gate.

The book "Hadrian's Wall 1999-2009" that I mentioned elsewhere shows that there's lots of evidence for irregular troops -- and corresponding irregular plans -- at Wall forts in the later 3rd C. They think a lot of those "chalet" style barracks might also be 3rd C, and not 4th as thought before. Maybe Vindolanda had a band of irregulars that brought the cult as part of their agreement for service?

Whatever the case, it seems like forts were very fluid things, not nearly so rigid as people thought for so long.
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