World War I Battlefield Secrets Unveiled by Archaeologists
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26th July 2011
A team of archaeologists are beginning one of the largest excavations ever mounted into an untouched site where it is believed 28 British tunnellers lie entombed after dying during underground warfare. Considered by WWI historians as the “Holy Grail”, archaeologists have been given permission by French authorities to excavate a large section of trenches and tunnels close to the Lochnagar Crater, a popular site for school trips.
School trips to Ypres and The Somme will be pleased to hear that the excavation team have already entered tunnels left by WWI engineers to find them remarkably well preserved with carved inscriptions unseen for decades. The inscriptions are believed to be final messages from soldiers who dug in terrible conditions to undermine German defences. Adaptable Travel are pleased to say that the long term intention of the project is to open up the excavation site to the general public adding yet another significant historical landmark for students to visit on a school trip to Ypres and The Somme.