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Open Monuments Weekend - Fort Vechten
Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September 2006

Every year, Fort Vechten takes part in the national Open Monuments weekend by hosting a multi-period event. Fectio and other Roman groups also take part in that big event.

The event is growing! For our third Open Monuments weekend we not only teamed up with Legio X Gemina again, but also with two Late Roman groups; the Teuxandrii and the Minervii from Germany!


Fort Vechten, southeast of Utrecht.

Detailed image of the area.


A large Roman camp has sprung up around the tower and lies basking in the sunshine.

More tents: Legio X Gemina sets up their camp.
More tents: Legio X Gemina sets up their camp.
The vexillum of the Minervii..
The vexillum of the Minervii.
..who had a sick soldier: Patrick/Publius.
..who had a sick soldier: Publius/Patrick.
Romans on early morning guard duty.
Romans on early morning guard duty.
Chariovalda/Andreas.
Chariovalda/ Andreas.

The predictions for the weekend had been good, and they turned out to be correct - we had extremely good weather on both days.Fectienses seniores - Comitatenses at Fectio

Camp life. Kids playing, women mending, men discussing.
Camp life. Kids playing, women mending, men discussing.

Day 1 -

Saturday

The campsite takes shape.
The campsite takes shape.
Looking like a nice vicus.
Looking like a nice vicus.
The 'lounge' - the big tent of the Minervi.
The 'lounge' - the big tent of the Minervi.
And all the stuff stashed there: swords, belts, helmets - a real armoury!
And all the stuff stashed there: swords, belts, helmets - a real armoury!
Late Roman joke.
Late Roman joke.
Jeroen had a real good time, playing hide & seek here.
Jeroen had a real good time, playing hide & seek here.
Finally - we were relieved from front gate guard duty by a WWII squad.
Finally - we were relieved from front gate guard duty by a WWII squad.
Flavian joke.
Flavian joke.
The vicus is ready. The best spot of the area - a nice meadow, sun and shade aplenty.
The vicus is ready. The best spot of the area - a nice meadow, sun and shade aplenty.
The Minervian part of the vicus.
The Minervian part of the vicus.
Chariovalda.
Chariovalda.
A very tiny shield wall!
A very tiny shield wall!
Valerius.
Valerius.
Fectio posing in full armour and with the new helmets.
Fectio posing in full armour and with the new helmets.

The table of X Gemina, full of the finest
Small boy, big tower.
Small boy, big tower.
Jeroen jumping about..
Jeroen jumping about..
..Andreas tasting the local cuisine..
..Andreas tasting the local cuisine..

The first day packed with things to do, people to see, places to go - it was past before we knew it. After the front gate watch duty we had to go on roll call with all the other groups. Which was quite a strange sight, Romans mixing with modern soldiers (see below). We had barely made it back or it was lunchtime again. We did manage some drill practise, but soon it was roll call again and the afternoon was over.

Day 2 -

Sunday

The campsite on a very early Sunday morning, and people are just returning from breakfast.
The campsite on a very early Sunday morning, and people are just returning from breakfast.
Time for a Roman cup of coffee in the vicus, now that there are no visitors yet..
Time for a Roman cup of coffee in the vicus, now that there are no visitors yet..
More members of Gemina arrived.
More members of Gemina arrived.
More tents too, the Teuxandrii have also joined us.
More tents too, the Teuxandrii have also joined us.
With two more tents, the vicus is now really looking like a true camp site.
With two more tents, the vicus is now really looking like a true camp site.
Guards again: me, Jeroen and Garrelt.
Guards again: me, Jeroen and Garrelt.

Another fine day! We were greated by yet another azure blue sky and very nice temperatures. Not only were there more people from Legio X Gemina, but we also received Late Roman reinforcements in the form of our friends the Teuxandrii, and even a lone Celt (Folkert)!

The Teuxandrii have arrived. Mark..
The Teuxandrii have arrived. Mark..
.. Garrelt ..
.. Garrelt ..
.. and Manuel.
.. and Manuel.
Legio X Gemina, holding the Limes against modern attack.
Legio X Gemina, holding the Limes against modern attack.
Valerius and Hieronimus.
Valerius and Hieronimus.
Late Roman meets Iron Age Celt.
Late Roman meets Iron Age Celt.
Gemina cooks lunch!
Gemina cooks lunch!
Time for a Roman lunch in the vicus.
Time for a Roman lunch in the vicus.
The vicus in the sun, and the bicycles of the visitors that have begun to arrive.
The vicus in the sun, and the bicycles of the visitors that have begun to arrive.
Roman Jeroen has been playing with the Frankish kids - talk about integration..
Roman Jeroen has been playing with the Frankish kids - talk about integration..
Drinks at Gemina..
Drinks at Gemina..
.until the knives are drawn! How's been cheating at dice?
..until the knives are drawn! How's been cheating at dice?
The result of a friendly drill!
The result of a friendly drill!

Teuxandrii: Germanic federates guard the rear. The Minervii are dressed as palatial guards (Scholae) The Minervii scholae accompanying the noble women. The Minervii scholae accompanying the noble women. Legio X Gemina enters the fort in front.
Roll call, time to form up again to march all the way to the fort. Legio X Gemina goes in front of course. The Minervii are dressed as palatial guards (Scholae), accompanying the noble women while the Late Romans and the Germanic federates guard the rear.

Minervii, Fectio.. Fectio (me and Jeroen) and Teuxandrii. Romans between modern soldiers! Romans meet the early 20th century. Time to be inspectected!
Inside the 19th-century fort, we march past surprised visitors, and then have to wait some time for the 'moderns' to show up! Those newbies are always later than us 2000-year old veterans..

Well, what ARE we waiting for? The ladies did attract some attention.. Impressive bunch next to all that dull green, no? Flavian clutter
Romans meet the early 20th century. On the parade ground, we are all lined up to be inspected by Queen Wilhelmina (1898-1948)! A somewhat strange experience, but that's a multi-period event like! I think we were a quite impressive colourful group next to all that dull green.


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