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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.

The Plugstreet Project 2010- Days 1 and 2

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

The Plugstreet Project 2010 is underway!
Work began at 9am on 23rd July 2010. Three trenches have been opened overall and our four teams have been working hard through tough conditions to find the trenches of the German line.
Team Kirsty (led by Kirsty Nichol) and Team Slither (led by Steve Litherland) are working on 2 trenches in close proximity to each other on an area to the north-west of St.Yvon. Team Colonel (Geophysics) has identified a German crenellated trench with a communications trench connected to it which is located far back from the German front line.
Day 1 for these teams consisted of de-turfing and digging down about 30cm on very hard ground. On Day 2 (today) Team Slither found the crenellated trench with shell fragments and components of shrapnel ball explosives. Team Kirsty has had less success, with the somewhat unexpected discovery of Roman pottery, redeposited by the actions of the Great War!
Team Avril (led by Avril Gibson) are extending the trench that they excavated last year. So far timbers and a post hole have been found.
2010 has seen the return of Team Nosferatu (led by Jon Price) and they are back with a vengeance, complete with black high vis jackets! The team is resuming excavation of Trench 7, which, after digging to a depth of around 2 metres in 2008, is not yet finished. Days 1 and 2 have mostly consisted of digging to the 2 metre finish point from 2008.
Day 3 looks set to promise some exciting discoveries as with past seasons! More news soon!


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