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Conflict Archaelogy – soldiers’ identity tags

This is a short piece which I wrote for a conflict archaeology course about identity tags as memory objects relating to a recent modern conflict.  The First World War identity tags are my grandfather’s . To describe them, I would start by saying that each British and Empire soldier had two tags. These tags could be made of metal or …

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Conflict Archaeology of the German Occupation

Conflict archaeology of the German Occupation is everywhere you look around the Channel Islands. Some of us have it in our homes and gardens! I live right next to the coast on the south of the Island. All around the coast there are examples of conflict archaeology and reminders of both English/British military fortifications (from the period from the early …

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One hundred years on at Passchendaele – ZERO HOUR

In 2017, the weather has been wet and the night air has had a chill to it. Having got up early, I headed out of Ypres north-eastwards towards Passchendaele and ZERO HOUR. Making my way along the small roads which crisscross the fields which were the battlefield, it is only too apparent that this place is wet! Even with working …

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