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Week 20; 13 Aug - 17 Aug
Topic Started: Aug 13 2012, 06:25 AM (1,600 Views)
Andy
Dr Andrew Robin Birley
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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
Edited by Andy, Aug 19 2012, 08:05 AM.
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Andy
Dr Andrew Robin Birley
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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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