First World War Battlefield Archaeology

Unexploded ordnance is an ever present site hazard.
The archaeological excavation at Wijtschate gets underway.
Each orange stake marks the position of a set of human remains.

IN 2015, during test trenching, a team of archaeologists discovered a well- preserved German strongpoint at a ridge top near the village of Wijtschate (also known as Wytschaete – or ‘Whitesheet’ to the British) and this discovery has now led to the commencement of extensive archaeology as Simon Verdegem, Peter Doyle, Robin Schäfer report.

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