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The turris of Fectio
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Roman 'Turris' at Fort Vechten
2005

By Robert Vermaat


November 13: The corn has been cut at last, allowing full view of the tower again.
The corn has been cut at last, allowing full view of the tower again.
The low sun gives beautiful contrast and colours.
The low sun gives beautiful contrast and colours.
Bright skies..
Bright skies..
View from the Marsdijk.
View from the Marsdijk.
October 9: The Limes in the Fall, dark clouds and long shadows.
The Limes in the Fall, dark clouds and long shadows.
But bright sunshine as well, a good day to take the bike.
But bright sunshine as well, a good day to take the bike.
Just too bad there weren't any Romans about..again.
Just too bad there weren't any Romans about..again.
September 25: Pater et filius.
Pater et filius.
Our top floor.
Our top floor.
Just for practise, I tried out an experiment to build a Late Roman shelter.
Just for practise, I tried out an experiment to build a Late Roman shelter.
Andreas holds the fort.
Andreas holds the fort.
September 10:
See more of the event.
Early morning, and Legio X Gemina is setting up camp.
Early morning, and Legio X Gemina is setting up camp.
Me and Chariovalda lounging about in the camp.
Me and Chariovalda lounging about in the camp.
Suddenly the clouds became threatening, so we decided it was time to leave!
Suddenly the clouds became threatening, so we decided it was time to leave!
August 28: Very quiet. No Romans about, a much less traffic than last week.
Very quiet. No Romans about, a much less traffic than last week.
Marrit & Jeroen enter the tower. They never seem to get tired of coming here!
Marrit & Jeroen enter the tower. They never seem to get tired of coming here!
Marrit on the modern stairs.
Marrit on the modern stairs.
Beautiful views..
Beautiful views..
August 21: A very nice day for our guard duty.
A very nice day for our guard duty.
A visit from Museum Dorestad Junior Club.
A visit from Museum Dorestad Junior Club.
Andreas undressing a volunteer.
Andreas undressing a volunteer.
July 10: Andreas (Chariovalda) on guard duty.
Andreas (Chariovalda) on guard duty.
The tower in full summer, nice to see but hard to stay inside.
The tower in full summer, nice to see but hard to stay inside.
We stuck to the shade, mostly.
We stuck to the shade, mostly.
June 24:
Time Team was filming at the tower.
The crew has arrived in very hot weather: 30 degrees - heatwave!
The crew has arrived in very hot weather: 30 degrees - heatwave!
Toni Robinson being filmed for one of the intros for the TV-series.
Toni Robinson being filmed for one of the intros for the TV-series.
Marrit & Jeroen posing, in their usual spot.
They used a very historical ladder..
June 19: The tower, shimmering in the heat.
The tower, shimmering in the heat.
The new lorica squamata is nearly finished and we decided to try it on.
The new lorica squamata is nearly finished and we decided to try it on.
Mars? A pagan!
Mars? A pagan!
Maximus & Galla.
Maximus & Galla.
June 12: Marrit & Jeroen posing, in their usual spot.
Marrit & Jeroen posing, in their usual spot.
The small red car belongs to the Roman guard on duty..
The small red car belongs to the Roman guard on duty..
The new sign.
The new sign.
Soldier Sander.
Soldier Sander.
May 29: Marrit & Jeroen posing.
Marrit & Jeroen posing.
I guess the grass needs mowing?
I guess the grass needs mowing?
Hi daddy!
Hi daddy!
One of the new information signs.
One of the new information signs.
May 1:
See more of the opening event.
With new information signs in place, the tower is ready for the new season.
With new information signs in place, the tower is ready for the new season.
It was a very hot day, and we didn't have that many visitors.
It was a very hot day, and we didn't have that many visitors.
Surrender!
Surrender!
A Fectio group shot.
A Fectio group shot.
April 23: The weather's turned warm and a sea of flowers erupts around the tower.
The weather's turned warm and a sea of flowers erupts around the tower.
Spring is in the air, with a week to go till the opening of the season..
Spring is in the air, with a week to go till the opening of the season..
      A wide angle shot of the tower in a pristine field of dandlions.
A wide angle shot of the tower in a pristine field of dandlions.
Icycle fun!
Flower power..
April 8: Spring is here, but it's still cold.
Spring is here, but it's still cold.
The tower's basking in the sunshine.
The tower's basking in the sunshine.
 
March 3: Yesterday we had the most snow in about 50 years, up to a metre in the north.
Yesterday we had the most snow in about 50 years, up to a metre in the north.
Last night it froze -20, more than ever so late in the year..
Last night it froze -20, more than ever so late in the year..
Icycle fun!
Icycle fun!
Frozen solid..
Frozen solid..
  Jeroen.
Jeroen.
  A wide angle shot of the tower in a pristine field of snow.
A wide angle shot of the tower in a pristine field of snow.
A parting shot of the snowed-in tower across the fields from the Marsdijk.
A parting shot of the snowed-in tower across the fields from the Marsdijk.
March 1: Supposedly the meteorological spring has begun.
Supposedly the meteorological spring has begun.
The tower looked like a real frontier tower today ..
The tower looked like a real frontier tower today ..
.. somehow it felt like Roman times.
.. somehow it felt like Roman times.
With days like this, spring seems a long way off, and those hot days of August seem unimaginable.
Those hot days of August seem unimaginable.
Well, at least Jeroen had much fun in the snow!
Well, at least Jeroen had much fun in the snow!
February 25:
See more images of the filming at the tower.
All images Orangesky
Jos installs the beacon.
Jos installs the beacon.
The metalwork has been removed to gain historical accuracy.
The metalwork has been removed to gain historical accuracy.
The set - it was very cold for both actors and crew..
The set - it was very cold for both actors and crew..
February 23: And suddenly, there's the snow..
And suddenly, there's the snow..
A snowy blanket covers the fields.
A snowy blanket covers the fields.
   
February 19: Jeroen braves the northern wind.
Jeroen braves the northern wind.
A snowstorm is heading this way.
A snowstorm is heading this way.
Sleet..
Sleet..
Shiver..
Shiver..
January 16: January, and the tower has survived the new Year.
January, and the tower has survived the new Year.
A beautiful and cold day in the bright sunlight.
A beautiful and cold day in the bright sunlight.
Marrit.
Marrit.
Jeroen.
Jeroen.

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