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Fort Vechten
Sunday 1 May 2005

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

The tower is open!Finally, after a winter pause of 6 months, the season has started again. We had a very nice get-together at the tower, with Fectio in full force (me and Andreas, but also Marrit & Jeroen), people from Corbvlo (Monty and Gerard) and Legio X Gemina (Sander and Arie). The weather was fine, although very hot for the time of year (28 C) but with a fair bit of wind, which made it all sufferable. However, considering the event and the number of Romans out and about, not that many visitors stopped by. It was too hot, probably, or else no one knew that the tower had re-opened. Nonetheless it was a good day.

Ready for yet another season, the tower has been fitted with information signs.
Ready for yet another season, the tower has been fitted with information signs.
Signs like these, showing the surroundings and adding Roman features.
Signs like these, showing the surroundings and adding Roman features.
The milestone.
The milestone.
Chariovalda.
Chariovalda.
Surrender!
Surrender!

The main addition to the tower were the information signs. A big one on the ground (image above, left) showing the site and its archaeological value, more inside on both floors showing maps and reconstruction drawings. Lastly, on each side of the balcony smaller signs showed the surrounding area iduring Roman and later times. Even though it slightly diminishes the tower as a reconstruction, I feel these signs are an addition because of the information they get across. The public seemed to like them as well.

Arie and Sander.
Arie and Sander.
Gemina brought their ballista along, to play with all day...
Gemina brought their ballista along, to play with all day...
... and of course we joined in.
... and of course we joined in.
The blowing wind made sure that our little draco showed its full potential.
The blowing wind made sure that our little draco showed its full potential.
No, there weren't that many visitors, although we were quite busy at times.
No, there weren't that many visitors, although we were quite busy at times.
A lot of explaining to do..
A lot of explai- ning to do..
My kids arrived in the afternoon, both in new outfits and new shoes, and very eager as well!
My kids arrived in the afternoon, both in new outfits and new shoes, and very eager as well!
Soldiers and civilians through the ages: (right to left) 1st c., 2nd c., 4th c.
Soldiers and civilians through the ages:
(right to left) 1st c., 2nd c., 4th c.

There was not a big crowd, but the people kept coming all day. That also meant no crowds inside the tower, which wasn't a good place to be in anyway because of the heat. We spent most of the time chatting to visitors on the ground, or playing with the ballista, or just sitting about in the grass. By the late afternoon the sun just became too strong to do anything else anyway. Only Andreas managed to find the energy to engage little Jeroen in mock battle after mock battle...

Marrit & Jeroen.
Marrit & Jeroen.
To the left civilians training, to the right the real thing.
To the left civilians training, to the right the real thing.
Attack!
Attack!
Jeroen having fun.
Jeroen having fun.
A small Late Roman family.
A small Late Roman family.
The whole group: Robert, Jeroen, Marrit, Monty, Arie, Andreas, Gerard and Sander.
The whole group:
Robert, Jeroen, Marrit, Monty, Arie, Andreas, Gerard and Sander.
Fectio at the tower.
Fectio at the tower.
A Fectio group picture: Valerius, Bran, Ariane and Chariovalda.
A Fectio group picture: Valerius, Bran, Ariane and Chariovalda.
 

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