Work continues

Thursday, May 13th, 2010
 
       

The lack of access to our Blog has not meant that work on the project has been halted. The team have been working hard to decipher clues from our on site discoveries and the archives.
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Today a number of us have been discussing a piece of fabric with a metal fastener.

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The all new Plugstreet Blog

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
 
       

Welcome new readers and those of you who have been following our blog at
http://plugstreet.blogspot.com
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Our regular readers may have been wondering where we have been as the updates on on blog have been very scarce recently. For this we must apologise; Google in its wisdom has frozen our account and we have been unable to update the blog.
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But not all is lost, the old blog entries have now been transferred to our new blog and the Team will be adding new updates very soon.
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We are also in the process of creating a website which will give a more indepth look at our work.

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Christmas Gifts

Monday, December 21st, 2009
 
       

Martin models the SOS hat and wristband in a British trench at Plugstreet 2009.

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We find evidence of gifts for the troops in the trenches at Plugstreet, including toffee tins and the like. It was an important part of trench life, getting parcels. The most famous gifts were the Queen Mary tins that included cigarettes and chocolate but colonies sent chocolate and individuals sent the men on all sides presents to keep their morale up.
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This Christmas gifts for the troops on deployment are as important as they were in 1914. If you would like to contribute to gifts to our boys then go to:
www.supportoursoldiers.co.uk and make a donation.

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The Project has donated to the charity before and sent some more money to them this evening.
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We wish them all safe home, but in the meantime we remember them and use the insights from the archaeological evidence to reflect on the soldiers’ experience, far from home, eating boring food and having, at best, an unusual Christmas…
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Support SOS
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Merry Christmas

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Happy Reading

Thursday, November 26th, 2009
 
       

Hello Readers
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As Christmas is coming and you’re no doubt stumped for gift ideas why not consider a copy of “Digging Up Plugstreet” by Martin Brown & Richard Osgood. It’s a cracking read.
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On the subject of great reads, you could also have a look at the “Chroniques de l’Archaeologie Wallone” 26, 2009. It’s published by the Province of Wallonia and includes short reports on work undertaken in the region in 2007, including Plugstreet.

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Cross-Media Challenge 2009

Thursday, November 12th, 2009
 
       

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© Jacqui Bellamy 2009, Pixelwitch Pictures

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The PlugStreet Project (pitched under the title “Magnum Opus) was selected as one of five finalists for the National Film Board of Canada Cross-Media Challenge 2009 competition at The Sheffield Documentary Festival. Angela delivered a presentation to the international judging panel and gathered audience, which was well received.
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© Jacqui Bellamy 2009, Pixelwitch Pictures

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Unfortunately we didn’t scoop the main prize, but were very pleased to have reached the final and obtained some useful feedback and encouragement.

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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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Recording Methods

Sunday, September 6th, 2009
 
       

Those of you that have visited us on site will know of all the many methods we employ for recording our work. One of these is to film our work to provide detail on decisions made and methods employed. This has the added benefit of the potential for producing documentary work on the excavations. Angela and Derek have filmed all of the fieldwork so far and Angela has now put together a 1 minute clip of the work as a trailer for a documentary proposal. We hope this leads to further work for the project!
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An Irish Memorial

Friday, August 14th, 2009
 
       

The team was fortunate enough to have Billy Quinn working with us this summer. Billy has posted his thoughts on the excavations here:
http://mooregroup.wordpress.com/my-summer-holidays-by-billy-quinn-aged-41-and-a-half
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In other news – there is the possibility that this week we will hear the results of the stable isotope work that was undertaken on the remains of the Australian soldier recovered in 2008. Was he from Western Australia, New South Wales, England, Scotland or…..Sweden?

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Lastly, it is confirmed that the volume on the project so far is now out: you can purchase at many book stores or Amazon… http://www.amazon.co.uk/Digging-Up-Plugstreet-Archaeology-Battlefield

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Food & Drink

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
 
       

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Without the assistance of Claude and Nelly at the Auberge in Ploegsteert we wouldn’t have the successful, nor as well fed project that we do.
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For amazing moules or the best carbonade of beef, you should visit the Auberge, just opposite the Ploegsteert memorial to the missing. Claude will also do amazing vegetarian food!
www.auberge-ploegsteert.be
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Thanks again, from the whole team!

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Over the Parapet

Sunday, August 9th, 2009
 
       

As promised, here are some photographs of the project, these are of the trenches excavated but there will be more, including finds coming soon!
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The blown off roof of the bunker in T3. The small scale is in the alcoves for used to store German stick grenades, ready for use in an attack.
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Remains of the battered German bunker in T4
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The remains of the collapsed shelter in the side of the crater investigated in T6. More to see there next year, I feel!
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The intercutting German Trenches in T5. These had been filled by the upcast from the mine! The postholes were supporting the revetment of the walls and were almost a metre deep!
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Part of the amazing architecture in T1.
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Brian, Avril & Egg hard at it with trowels in T2, only to discover in was empty – still, even negative evidence is evidence!
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Henry and Bev working in Trench 4.
As you can see the team were pretty busy. Next time, more images of the treasure uncovered!

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