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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 4

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Wednesday already and suddenly the site is making more sense. In trench 3 we have discovered a window from an earlier phase of the house, the landscaping has lifted the ground level and concealed beneath is the earlier building. We have also found some painted plaster and the remains of the fire place.

Trench 4 has also made good progress, the return of the southern wing in the cobbled yard has been located and there may be a drain the the corner which is yielding a lot of broken glass. The small room has steps leading down, possibly to the cellar?

In our hunt for traces of the Durham Pals, we have cleared some of the undergrowth from the remaining hut foundations. By matching the historic records to the remains on the ground, it appears we have four drying rooms, one for each company, the building which is shown in one of the contemporary photographs. Behind it is the bathhouse and beyond that our mystery block of concrete on a concrete pad.


Exterior of Miniature Rifle Range & Drying Room at Cocken Hall,

Exterior of Miniature Rifle Range & Drying Room at Cocken Hall.



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