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I´m searching for some references about WWI (battlefield) archeology, but the only three books I´ve found so far are:

Killing Time: Archaeology and the First World War - Nicholas J. Saunders

DIGGING THE TRENCHES: The Archaeology of the Western Front - Andrew Robertshaw and David Kenyon


Battlefield Detectives - David Wason


Does anybody have any further tipps concerning this theme? confuse
Thanks a lot!

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There's also 'Digging up Plugstreet'. There was a tv programme called 'Finding the fallen' which you could get on DVD as well, if it's of interest

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Hello Wollhodden

A real nice book in french:

"L'archéologie de la Grande Guerre", Editions OUEST-FRANCE

Regards
Thomas

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Hi Wolhodden,  can't help you with a book, maybe this will be of use.

http://www.gwag.org/



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Hello Wollhodden,

I've got a book entitled Battlefield Archeology, written by John Laffin and published in 1987.  Its focus is almost entirely WWI.

MarkV

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Hello Wollhodden,

I've got a book entitled Battlefield Archeology, written by John Laffin and published in 1987.  Its focus is almost entirely WWI.

MarkV

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Thomas Buecheler wrote:

Hello Wollhodden

A real nice book in french:

"L'archéologie de la Grande Guerre", Editions OUEST-FRANCE

Regards
Thomas




Oh, yes I´ve  heard about it.

But it´s only in french, isn´t it?

Do you have read it? Is it a lot of text (I think shorter picture descriptions I could try to translate but a complete book...hmm)



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Rob wrote:

There's also 'Digging up Plugstreet'. There was a tv programme called 'Finding the fallen' which you could get on DVD as well, if it's of interest




'Digging up Plugstreet' looks interesting. Thank you!

 

The 'Finding the fallen' DVDs I´ve got already (2 DVD from Discovery Channel, or is there another?)

 

There are also some very interesting documentarys about mining warfare and archeology by the Durand Group on Fougasse Films, each wit a lot of multimedia extras on DVD!

 

I´m primarily looking for books (best english, or german - poorly I can´t speak or read any word of french no)



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MarkV wrote:

Hello Wollhodden,

I've got a book entitled Battlefield Archeology, written by John Laffin and published in 1987.  Its focus is almost entirely WWI.

MarkV



That sounds very interesting, but I can´t find any further information about it on the internet...

What´s the content (are there several sites, or is it in general).


Thanks!

 



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Hello Wollhodden

Yes, "L'archéologie de la Grande Guerre" is only in french. The book (softcover) has got 127 pages and measures 26 x 19cm. The price is Euro 15,90. I think this is a fair price.

I have not yet read the whole text but so far it's an interesting reading.
There are many colour pictures of actual excavations and b/w Great War photographs. I would suggest that the captions are easy to understand.

Hope this helps a little.

Regards
Thomas




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Hello Wollhodden,

Battlefield Archeology, by John Laffin (1987).  It was published Hippocrene Books in New York and Ian Allen Ltd in Great Britain.  It is 128 pages and is illustrated with black & white photos and a few maps.

The chapter headings are:

1.  Digging Up a War

2.  The Inspiration

3.  The Western Front

4.  Knowing Where to Dig

5.  Evidence of Battle

6.  Battlefield Archeology in Practice

7.  Natural-State Battlefields

8.  Information for Novice Archeologists

The focus seems to be obtaining artifacts for small museums and using amateur archeological digs to better understand the role of the individual soldiers who took part in the great battles.

I think it is out of print.  I picked up my copy at a used book store.  There appear to be some copies availible online here (I have no ties with the sellers):

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Battlefield-Archaeology-John-Laffin/dp/071101602X

MarkV



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Thanks  a lot!

I think I´ll have to take a closer look at "L'archéologie de la Grande Guerre", and Battlefield Archeology sounds very interesting!


Yesterday I´ve fond also this book:
"The Unknown Warrior: The Archaeology of the Common" by Richard Osgood
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0750938102?tag=oldfrontline-21&camp=1406&creative=6394&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=0750938102&adid=0P26HXNW3WJ717M55FPF&

could be also interesting...biggrin





-- Edited by Wollhodden on Monday 17th of May 2010 12:32:00 PM

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The book "Archéologie de la Grande Guerre" is also edited in english ... "Great War Archaeology" by the same editor (editions Ouest France"

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Wolhodden, have you updated your archaeology list since posting this question. Although Laffin has written a number of military history books, the archaeology, especially 'Digging up the diggers,' is used to demonstrate how not to do archaeology. The Fromelles book is excellent and the benchmark of the archaeology for western front/ human remains.


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Yes I picked up a copy of "Great War Archeology" when I visited Paris a few years ago... It is a wonderful book.

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Hi! (a bit late..biggrin)

In between I'd got the "Great War Archeology" book, but I'm still looking for a (not to pricey) copy of "Digging up the diggers war"!

I hadn't look for a long time, is there any new in the meantime?



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