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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.




Across the site

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
 
       

Although incredibly powerful, the find of the Australian soldier was not the only part of the site this year. The team also worked very hard to accomplish many other elements. Even more of the battle site was subject to geophysical survey and four other trenches were opened. These showed:
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1) the complete plan of the German bunker seen in part last year
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2) more of the Lewis gun position on the eastern lip of Ultimo crater

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Avril records the Lewis gun post

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3) a major wriggly-tin-lined redoubt was located on the south edge of Ultimo crater
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Moving into the redoubt

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4) at some depth, a massively-engineered timber structure was encountered. Large timbers were found revetted with timber uprights. A gas cape or similar was present here too. Is this a dugout? A German trench mortar position? Something else? Whatever it is, the timbers all appear to have been pushed over in one direction – the blast of the mine?
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Keith and Jon working with the German feature

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