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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.


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Finds from 2009

Saturday, September 26th, 2009
 
       

In a recent post we promised to show a few of the finds recovered from the site this year. Here is a small selection.
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Thanks are due to Rob, Egon, Shirley and their team in the findsroom who cleaned, catalogued, conserved and generally made things recognisable again.
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A set of German ammunition pouches.
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The plate and badge from a Saxon pickelhaube helmet.
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A patent medicine bottle – troops often took their own cold remedies and lice powders into the line.
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Lots of cartridges, mostly fired, which are probably evidence of battlefield salvage that someone dumped in a position when he couldn’t be bothered to carry them to the rear!
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Our star find,the German 1915 snipers face mask. This is a particularly evocative artefact as it leaves no doubt about its evil intent. No aesthetics, just malevolence. It is also very rare, only one of 1500 made.
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And we found all this rusty munition but thanks to Gontrand and Rod it wasn’t a significant problem. There are German stick grenades and trench mortar rounds, as well as a British Stokes mortar bomb and some other bits and pieces. DOVO have now removed them from the safe area on site.

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