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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.

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.
Thanks are due to Rob, Egon, Shirley and their team in the findsroom who cleaned, catalogued, conserved and generally made things recognisable again.

A set of German ammunition pouches.

The plate and badge from a Saxon pickelhaube helmet.

A patent medicine bottle – troops often took their own cold remedies and lice powders into the line.

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!

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.

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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