The Plugstreet Archaeological Project is carrying out archaeological excavations of the World War I battlefield near Ploegsteert in Belgium. This is their blog.
Ploegsteert was on the front lines to the just to the south of the Ypres salient, and Messines.
The introductory post:
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.
Excavation actually begins at the end of July and existing posts are generally background material. My main reservation about the weblog is that it's hard (for a person not familiar with this battlefield) to find information on the significance of the Ploegsteert site.
The Wikipedia says that "Ploegsteert Wood was a sector of the Western Front in Flanders in World War I, part of the Ypres Salient. After fighting in late 1914 and early 1915, it became a quiet sector where no major action took place. Units were sent here to recuperate and retrain after tougher fighting elsewhere and before returning to take part in more active operations.... British Tommies referred to it as "Plugstreet Wood". There is now a memorial and a small war cemetery there." From the web site it also appears that the wood played a role in the June 1917 attack at Messines.
Related web sites: (1) to Flanders Fields 1917 - the web page supporting an exhibition at the Australian War Memorial this summer and fall; (2) No Man's Land - the web site for the European Group for Great War Archaeology.
The map is from the web site: FirstWorldWar.com.