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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.

From Damier Farm

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

2010 saw the start of excavations on a new site courtesy of Monsieur Lefebvre.
2 trenches were opened following geophysical survey to explore German trenches. One of them, located on the third line of the German first line of defences, has revealed a wide fire trench with traverses. In the bottom of this trench we have found a U-shaped concrete lined drain or conduit for cables constructed from prefabricated sections. The trench also showed evidence of shell damage including the 1916 dated fuze of a British shrapnel shell.


concrete drain or conduit


A head scratching moment!


A German communication trench is also under investigation; this feature reused a pre-existing drainage ditch that was converted to military use. Today excavation revealed trench boards in the base of the main east-west trench and a second trench cutting in from the north. The latter had been badly damaged by shell fire and appeared to have lain unused for some time.


Trench Two; Trench Wenches at work (and Henry!)


One response to “From Damier Farm”

  1. cydermaiden says:

    Dad- Don’t accuse me of being overweight. Hah! Evidence is evidence.
    By the way, guys…where’s the final scores?

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