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 in Melbourne. 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 similarities 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 :http://www.dmasuk.org/about-us/
It should be clarified that although battlefield archaeology is a contemporary concept, archaeologists have studied ancient confilict since the early days of the discipline. Whats new now is that its becoming more specialised with the focus on certain battles like World War I and II.
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.
Video on recovery of WW II Plane found in London.