Battlefield archaeology

Battlefield artefacts taken from  freenorthcarolinablogspot

Recovered tank taken from recreatedelephant.blogspot

Coins and other relics from battlefield taken from Treasure net

   Military archaeology otherwise known as Battlefield archaeology is quite a new field  so many reporters  haven’t covered it as much as fields like Egypt. Some scholars believe that it began in North America with a Dr. Douglas D. Scott back in 1983 . This makes it exciting and new  for the adventure reporter. It offers a lot of scope to discover new angles to warfare history.  I was introduced to this field in 2007 when i first joined an archaeological dig of a second world  war bunker on the banks of the Merri Creek.   This site enticed my interest in this field. I find it amazing and somewhat unusual  that recent warfare  of the last couple hundred of years is now becoming part of archaeology.

It should be noted though that military and archaeology  are not that distant  when you consider  that  the founding fathers of much of modern archaeology were in the  British army like  Lt-General Pitt Rivers, Brigadier Mortimer Wheeler and  Colonel  Edward Lawrence. These men transferred many techniques learnt in the army to archaeology.  Some of them are topography skills, surveying, precise measurement and mapping. Such skills have revolutionised archaeology by making it more scientific and accurate.

In 2012  the UK Defence archaeology group (DAG) was formed to apply the technical and social skills of field archaeology in the recovery and skill development of soldiers injured in the war in Afghanistan. I think its a most original archaeological association to date.  DAG believes that there are similatires between the skills needed by a  modern soldier and those of the  archaeologist. Such skills are surveying,  site and team management, mapping  and navigation.  Visit :

It should be clarified that although battlefield archaeoogy is a contemporary concept, archaeologists have studied ancient conflict since the early days  of the discipline. Whats new now is that its becoming more specialised  with the focus on particular  battles like world war 1 and 2.

 My area of interest is the Second World War. I have a fascination with  bunkers built at this time. I also have an interest in the airplanes of this time like the spitfires.

Extra info;

Video on recovery of Plane from WW2 found in London.

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