Tag Archives: Archeology

Scotland’s First World War Sites

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The digital collection Scotland’s First World War Sites is part of the subdomain Canmore of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS). At Canmore this selection points to nearly 1,200 locations in Scotland with for each a varying quantity of images. The results are accessible in two sets; each of them can be visualized in a map. The results bring you also to items in the RCAHMS catalogues such as prints, drawings and manuscripts. You can also search in the Canmore database for specific subjects such as training trenches, airfields and hospitals. There is an advanced search mode and three thesauri for systematic research into monuments, objects and maritime items.

With the First World War Audit the RCAHMS has created a digital gallery with a preview of scores of images, both photographs and maps. The RCAHMS provides also an overview of its First World war resources.

Scotland’s First World War Sites

Home Front Legacy 1914-1918

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The digital portal Home Front Legace 1914-1918 is a project led by the Council for British Archaeology, English Heritage and other institutions to help communities and organizations of whatever kind in finding, mapping and restoring remains of the First World War which document the home front. The portal contains resources such as an interactive map, points to current and past projects, in particular the Defence of Britain project (2004), and helps with a recording toolkit. After registration a members toolkit becomes available. The portal can be viewed in English and Welsh.

Home Front Legace 1914-1918

Bildsammlung Palästina

Logo Staatliche Archive BayernThe online finding aid and virtual collection Bildsammlung Palästina has been created by the Bayerisches Hauptstaatsarchiv in Munich.  This collection contains some 2,100 aerial photographs and 400 other photographs – the last mainly made in Palestine, but also in Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Serbia – taken in 1917 and 1918 by the Bayerische Fliegerabteilung 304, a unit of the Bavarian Army for aerial reconnaissance.

The digitized images have been divided in five main sections: images of the coastal area; the mountains from Lebanon to the Hebron; the valley of the Jordan; Eastern Jordany, and other photographs taken on the ground. The photographs show information about the fronts in the Middle East, but they are also important for the archaeology of the region. The collection can be searched with a free text search field, and you can browse the five sections. The website is accessible in German. In the last section you will find also images of the Bavarian pilots and their unit.

A recent article by Wilhelm Füßl, ‘Luftbildfotografie im Ersten Weltkrieg’ at Visual History gives you more information about German aerial photographs from the First World War.

Bildsammlung Palästina

No Man’s Land: The European Group for Great War Archaeology

Logo No Man's LandThe digital portal No Man’s Land: The European Group for Great War Archaeology has been created by a group of archaeologists who have excavated since 2003 a number of trenches at the Western front from the First World War. Campaigns have been held for British, French and German trenches, not only in France and Belgium, but also for example training trenches on Salisbury Plain. The original project was an excavation in Auchonvillers, nicknamed Ocean Villas. For some of the projects you can download PDF’s with excavation reports, in particular for Serre, Hamel, Ploegsteert (with a separate website on Plugstreet) and the Hohenzollern Redoubt at Auchy-lès-Mines.

No Man’s Land: The European Group for Great War Archaeology

The Serving Soldier

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The Serving Soldier is the digital collections portal of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives at King’s College London. Only a small number of digitized subcollections concerns the First World War. Among the subjects are aircraft, the expeditions to Gallipoli and the Dardanelles, documentation about the first tanks, and the journal of the German camp for British internees at Ruhleben. Sometimes you will find scores of photographs, for example a series of images of castles in the Middle East taken by T.E. Lawrence, British First World War posters, and four series of stereoscopic photographs (original twin sets with King’s College watermark; no animation). The range of materials and the choice of the other periods of war makes this portal interesting. At another website King’s College London presents a war memorial for the lives of students and staff killed in action, also of affiliated institutions.

The Serving Soldier

Great Arab Revolt Project

Logo Great Arab Revolt ProjectThe Great Arab Revolt Project is a ten-year scholarly project of two British institutions and a number of institutions in Jordany to investigate the traces of the First World War and the Great Arab Revolt in the Middle East. In particular the British war efforts left traces. There is a section on T.E. Lawrence and his role during the First World War. The website contains archeological reports and photo sections. There is a small bibliographical section, too, and a selection of web links.

Great Arab Revolt Project