November Meeting: Archaeology of the Great War by Dane Wright

Dane is a field archaeologist with Elmet Archaeology and described the techniques used to excavate the modern battlefield. The focus was on the excavations carried out in Thiepval Wood and the legacy of what was found. This was the jump off point for the 36th Ulster Division on 1 July 1916 which was the start of the Battle of the Somme. The image is from 2014 and shows a reconstructed front line trench dating to 1 July 1916 with a fire step and Russian sap preserved. It faces out towards the infamous Schwaben Redoubt. Dane greatly impressed his audience with the depth and detail of his knowledge and we look forward to a return visit at some point in the future.