Wednesday, 30 May 2007

So as things stand, most of the organisation for the dig is in place. The conference on Materialities of Conflict at the IWM this weekend was great - one fascinating paper included discussion of the Gallipoli campaign being obstructed as French archaeologists excavated part of a 6th Century BC site during the battle - using military staff! Mat and Michael continue their media charm offensive in Australia. Hopefully their efforts in the press are visible here, Mat's excellent appearance on ABC radio was, at time of writing, downloadable here:

more soon!

Monday, 21 May 2007

Our First Publicity

Mat McLachlan, author of Walking with the Anzacs will be joining the team on site in Belgium. You can find out more about him here:

He has been publicising the Project in Australia. You can see more details here:
Welcome to the blog of the Plustreet Archaeological Project.

The project, which is being undertaken by No Man's Land - The European Group for Great War Archaeology, will undertake excavations on the First World War Battlefield near the village of Ploegsteert, in Wallonia, Belgium.

The team will be led by Martin Brown and Richard Osgood, both archaeologists with Britain's MOD.

The project will be a partnership between NML, the Comines-Warneton Historical Society and a number of academic institutions, including Cranfield University, Shrivenham. Members of their Masters in Forensic Archaeology will be joing us, led by their geophysics guru, Peter Masters.

Also welcome to the team is Peter Chaaseaud. Peter is the expert on Trench Maps and has written a number of works on the Great War:

Peter is also our Artist in Residence:

Keep checking this blog for updates, project background, media reports and THE DIG DIARY, which will be live from the end of July to mid-August.

To reflect the international nature of the project we will have different bloggers authoring contributions in a variety of languages.

The Team List for the project is full for 2007 and we cannot take further volunteers.