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   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.

Finds from the Chateau de la Hutte

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

As the excavations continue up on the hill, amongst the ruins of the chateau we are getting a mixture of finds; some military and some probably from objects from a more domestic context. Through conservation yesterday was the sole of military boot (British type) with the date 1917 stamped into the insole.

British boot sole with 1917 on the insole

British boot sole with 1917 on the insole

We also had a large, white with blue fleck enamel kettle. This still had soot on the bottom (from the stove) and lime-scale inside. One of the benefits of doing the conservation work in the Plugstreet 14-18 Experience is we get to meet lots of visitors. Yesterday we spoke with a lovely elderly Belgian lady in her 80’s who remembered that her mother had a similar kettle in white enamel with roses on it.

White enamel kettle

White enamel kettle

We have also started to get lots of pieces of embossed sheet metalwork no doubt part of some decorative fixture from the chateau.



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