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Week 20; 13 Aug - 17 Aug
Topic Started: Aug 13 2012, 06:25 AM (1,778 Views)
SacoHarry
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Well Week 19's thread was a -rousing- discussion of cameras! But with the season in its final weeks, a whole bunch of WeDig'ers would love to know how the various trenches & sites are playing out. If you're on site, please drop a line and let everyone know what's going on!
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That's astounding news! The 1st Tungrians were the early ones on-site... And there were vague reports in the 18th Century that a still-standing temple had just been knocked down by local farmers for building stone... It was thought to be a temple to Diana. I mean, wow!
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The 1769 text describing the destroyed temple is here: http://s9.zetaboards.com/We_Dig_Vindolanda/topic/7241767/1/.
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Very interesting article there. The bit about the festival to Diana being celebrated on August 13th makes me think it quite fitting that the altar should be found in the week that began on that day.

I could only see one I in the inscription so to my mind it is the first cohort, but another digger was saying something about there possibly being another I... whether or not that is actually the case, I don't know. We shall find out soon enough, though, as it's definitely a museum piece!

Do you think it would be alright for me to post some pictures of it, or should I hold back and wait for some sort of official go-ahead/permission?
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As eager as I am (and am sure others are!), let's hold off for now. Word is that the Trust is working out the facts on what they've found and will have a press release up as soon as it's ready. I don't know if that means days or weeks, but being a kind of big deal, we should still wait til the release is out before posting pics.

In the meantime, I do enjoy a good bit of idle speculation & buzz!
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Aye, I thought something like that might be the case.

Right, I've gone through a lot of my pictures and put together some panoramics. I kept them rather large so that some detail of the areas will be visible. I'm afraid that my photos don't extend to the trenches on either side of the path near the west gate as I wasn't working in those areas. There might be some areas vaguely visible of said trenches that were on the side of the path that the excavator's hut is on, but most likely not in any great detail. If there are any requests for bigger photos of areas in the panoramics, let me know and I'll see what I can sort out as I might have different angles in other photos and whatnot. I do have some photos of the areas over the path to the left in the first panoramic if they're wanted.

Anyway enough waffle, enjoy!

Edit: Not sure what the etiquette is on photos of other finds (shoes, graffiti pottery and general shots of find bags) is but I do have those as well if they're of any interest/allowed.
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Photos of finds are awesome! Basic etiquette is, if you can imagine someone selling it on eBay don't post. But shots, graffiti, general stuff -- that's usually all 100% fine. Would love to see.
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Edited by Gellan, Aug 19 2012, 05:34 AM.
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SacoHarry
Aug 18 2012, 07:59 AM
reports in the 18th Century that a still-standing temple had just been knocked down by local farmers for building stone... It was thought to be a temple to Diana.
It mentions this being "at the west end of the station", so it all fits together very nicely. There must have been quite some excitement in the trench when that came up, ice creams all round!
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Hmmmm...Diana the godess of the hunt. Was the Commander of the Tungrians that Cerulius fellow who is mentioned in the tablets as being so fond of hunting?

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I wonder what the relation is between the altar and the early-2nd C temple. Was it originally part of the complex? Or something distinct? Word is the Diana bit might not withstand scrutiny, may be dedicated to a more obscure deity. Great stuff!
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Hi All,

Just a few corrections before we get too carried away, as the news is obviously out on this forum.

1. It isn't an altar, it is an inscription (dedication) but not an altar as such.

2. It isn't dedicated to Diana, it is dedicated to someone else, an unknown (as far as I can tell at the moment) Tungrian goddess. It may have absolutely nothing to do with the temple nearby, so the location of the temple to Diana is still missing regardless.

3. It is by the 1st Tungrians, not the 2nd Tungrians. You know, the lot who were at Vindolanda in periods I & IV.

4. Yes, it is super great, and we will have more info anon, once, we have something sensible to say about it :-)

As for the coincidence with Maryport, it is lovely. I am absolutely delighted for the good folks at Maryport excavations, they have a lovely altar there, a real cracker. But even better, it is in a context that helps to shed light on the whole complex, which is the real fab news. Also, well done that John Murray.

cheers,

Andy
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The most excellent week 20 crew, we salute you all, and say thank you :-) Even those who didn't look directly at the camera!

Andy
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Gellan
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Thanks for that, Andy. A deeper air of mystery descends upon it!
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Another panorama for your perusal.
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Hi Gellan -- your pictures of the shoe, pottery, etc. were awesome. And were totally fine for WeDig. If you still have them and would like to put them back, please feel free!
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