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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.

Day 2

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

This morning, in trench 1, Jon’s team continued to search for the illusive practice trenches, whilst in trench 2, Keith’s team recorded the single feature they had located yesterday, a post hole filled with clay, they then joined forces with Jon and trrench 2 has now been closed down. In trench 3 one wall of the house has been located and excavation is progressing well.

Trench 4 is the most interesting so far, with several walls of the house being located not far beneath the surface. Drainage from the bathroom has been identified and outside we have a cobbled court yard. Our Geophys team have surveyed another part of the field, the results clearly show a modern pipe, but will need to be processed to reveal any traces of the camp

Rain stopped play this afternoon and we were unable to continue, but the shortened day has allowed us to clean the finds we have so far, fragments of domestic pottery, nails, peices of pipe, glass and other structural debris. We have also found a few peices of clay pipe.



Trench 4


The team working on trench 4


Trench 4, excavating the wall of the house.

We are unable to continue in the rain as the ground is too slippery and it is difficult to trowel wet earth and keep it clean, the soil tends to turn to mud and obscure the archaeology.

One of our participants modeling the dig t-shirt.



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