Needing long, preferably flat expanses, I'm wondering if the old parade ground would be further west, back up the Stanegate? Do parade grounds usually appear very close to forts themselves? Or are they placed off in their own special zone -- perhaps an area where the pomp & grandeur of Roman maneuvers could cow any nosy Brittunculi?
I've been off this winter on my own side endeavors (studying marine pollution -- the plastic junk that washes more & more on all our beaches, even the remotest islands: The Flotsam Diaries
). But I'm slowly trying to wrap my head back around things Roman.
Sadly, there's not enough material from WeDig's '10 series to compile anything useful as a year-end wrapup. Anybody who got the Friends letter will have the best write-up anyway. With luck, Andy and/or Justin might be persuaded to give us WeDig'ers the two-penny version here if time & energy allow! No pressure. :D
I'm still working ideas for revamping the Digger's Guide so it's more comprehensive -- and so everything's all together in one easy-to-find spot. And I'm also trying to think up ways to keep visitors more informed about the state of the dig throughout the year. Google Earth is rumored to be taking more satellite snapshots this year. The current one dates all the way back to 2002, which makes it less than useful for showing the site today! If they come through, I'll be able to overlay current dig information with a fairly up-to-date birds-eye view. We'll see if it comes together.
Anyway, excited for '11. It's been far too long since I've had trowel in soil!