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This is the new blog of the Plugstreet Archaeological Project.

   A Great War themed project exploring sites around Comines-Warneton and Messines in Belgium.    The project is being led by members of No Man's Land - The European Group for Great War    Archaeology and the Comines-Warneton Historical Society.

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Conference Time

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

14th July sees Martin co-chairing the annual Conflict Archaeology Conference at the Royal Logistics Corps Museum at Deepcut (yes that Deepcut) in Surrey.
Papers include the Plug Street Project’s own Peter Masters, who will describe the geophysical survey he undertook on a Great War landscape in … Wiltshire! Salisbury Plain is still a major Army Training Area, as it was in 1914. Out near Shipton Bellinger there are the in-filled remains of practice trenches. They are visible on aerial photographs but no longer extant as earthworks. Peter undertook a magnetometer survey of a large part of the site and his results are amazing. Come along to find out more.
Other papers will include the No Man’s Land Project at Thiepval Wood on the Somme where we are working alongside the Somme Association to open, record and reconstruct trenches in the Wood from which the 36 (Ulster) Division attacked on 1st July 1916. There will also be something on the Zeppelin offensive and contributions covering Neolithic warfare, WW2 chemical weapons (British!) and the contribution made by archaeology to the study and crime scene analysis of combat and war crimes sites in the Balkans.
Tickets are £20 but it’ll be worth every penny!

Next year we’ll have the first Plug Street Project to talk about! Scary Thought!


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