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Fort Vechten
Sunday 16 May 2004

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A 180-degree panoramic spread facing west.
A 180-degree panoramic spread facing west during the grand opening.

Finally, after laying the foundations more than 6 months ago (last November), the watchtower or burgus is now finished. The people of Fort Vechten did a good job, and the very enthousiastic reactions of the visitors prove it. The spot in which the tower is built is also very accessible - you can see it from the train as well as from the motorway, while the Marsdijk (which runs along the southern edge of the fort) is a very well-known cycle route. This sunday, the tower was officially opened. Speech! There were officials from the county (Provincie Utrecht), the parish (Gemeente Bunnik) and the Forestry Commission (Staatsbosbeheer), and of course the Society which runs the fort.

The tower is now ready, and the public is invited to come and take a look.
The tower is now ready, and the public is invited to come and take a look.
The Romans have taken possession of their burgus! The soldiers and civilians have erected a camp.
The Romans have taken possession of their burgus! The soldiers and civilians have erected a camp.
Ready.
Ready.
The priest takes a look.
The priest takes a look.
Sturdy stairs.
Sturdy stairs.

The Dutch Roman groups Corbvlo and Gemina were the main attraction, but we were there as well with Andreas/Chariovalda, showing off his new lorica hamata/mail armour. The Romans had set up camp in the grounds next to the burgus showing their weapons, but also all kinds of civilian activities. There were meals being cooked, clothes made or mended, priests and children going about.

The civilian population, mimicking the settlement which used to grow around the Roman forts.
The civilian population, mimicking the settlement which used to grow around the Roman forts.
The vicus with soldiers, civilians and a priest of the eastern god Mithras.
The vicus with soldiers, civilians and a priest of the eastern god Mithras.
Gerard/Tiberius.
Gerard/Tiberius.
Fectio scutum with plumbatae.
Fectio scutum with plumbatae.
Roman Army talk-comparing notes on equipment.
Roman Army talk-comparing notes on equipment.
Noel and Andreas talking music.
Noel and Andreas talking music.
Jos is being treated to a good drink by Ine.
Jos is being treated to a good drink by Ine.
Finally! Marrit & Jeroen on the tower.
Finally! Marrit & Jeroen on the tower.
Finally! Chariovalda has his new hamata.
Finally! Chariovalda has his new hamata.
The centurio of Gemina.
The centurio of Gemina.

The public seemed to like it a lot. There was not a big crowd, but the people kept coming all day. Which was a good thing as well, because everyone wanted to get into the tower and look from above at all there was to see below. Towers do that, especially when you have a Roman camp spread out below them.

Martin and his lorica plumata.
Martin and his lorica plumata.
Alan the archer on the stairs.
Alan the archer on the stairs.
Roman education?
Roman education?
The ballista.
The ballista.
he drill. All soldiers form up for an attack in a wedge-shaped formation/cuneus.
The drill. All soldiers form up for an attack in a wedge-shaped formation/cuneus.

The Roman army was also present, and that was what the crowds wanted to see! So Gemina and Corbvlo did a military drill together, with some marching in formation, and of course the ubiquitous charge at the public!

Gladios Stringite!
Gladios Stringite!
The Romans are taking possession of their burgus!
The Romans are taking possession of their burgus!
Charge!
Charge!
Sin, sin, sin-dex-sin...
Sin, sin, sin-dex-sin...
Front right!
Front right!
Spotted!
Spotted!
Welcome home!
Welcome home!
At ease.
At ease.

All in all, a very good way to start the life of this burgus. May it be a long one.


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