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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.

Ian’s Images

Monday, October 8th, 2007

Those of you on site in 2007 will remember the presence of Ian R. Cartwright, photographer with the Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford. Ian brought his box camera with him and took plate photographs on site in much the same way as Frank Hurley did in following the Australian 3rd Division. His stunning results are presented below. We have also included the original Hurley image of the Australian 3rd Div artillery limber (Richard’s grandfather’s old mob!) to illustrate the motivation for Ian’s studies. The images speak for themselves and we hope to be able to announce their exhibition alongside some of the Messines finds at some point.

‘Spoils of Archaeology’: detritus of war emerging from the excavated trenches

‘Front Line dirt’: part of the (enormous) spoil heap from the bunker trench

‘Life in no-man’s land’: Mr Delrue’s crop emerges in no-man’s land.


Entitled ‘Anzacs’ – Michael in the Australian Lewis Gun sap


Entitled ‘Fallen Remembered’ – Tori and Ralph laying the wreath at the Ploegsteert Memorial


Entitled ‘Sap Team’ Danny and his team (with Martin and Richard) at the Lewis sap

‘Generations’: Tori and Kirsty by the German bunker with the church of Messines in the distance

‘Peace Dig’ – Jo and Becki looking on as the Australian recut of the German front line is dug

‘Messines Ridge’ taken from no-man’s land


‘Shell burst’ – Tangled iron work from Jon’s excavation of the shell crater

Archaeological Limber – Ian’s take on the famous Hurley photo of the gun team (below)



One response to “Ian’s Images”

  1. Coops says:

    These photos are fantastic. Maybe we could get some horses & carts for next year’s photo to further re-create the original….?

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