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Plugstreet Project

An ongoing project of excavation and heritage valorisation of a segment of the Great War battlefield in the area of Plugstreet ProjectPloegsteert/Plugstreet (Messines Ridge, Belgium) involving an international team of archaeologists and others and members of the local community. The project is run on a non-profit volunteer basis and is largely self-funded; it is led by No Man’s Land – European Group for Great War Archaeology ; and sponsored by the Comines-Warneton Historical Society in liaison with the Belgian Archaeological Service. For more information please see the Plugstreet Archaeological Project.




Photo: The family of Private Alan Mather (missing in action in 1917) pay their respects at his burial with military honours in August 2010. Also present at the burial are some of the Plugstreet Project archaeologists who retrieved his remains. The project documented ethnographically the family’s narratives about the retrieval and burial and the profound impact that this had on their own history and identity.


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