Crowdfunded archaeology: ′Dig Hill 80′ explores the WWI Ypres Salient battlefield | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW


After promising preliminary investigations three years ago, Belgian archaeologist Simon Verdegem was determined to comprehensively excavate a still-intact segment of a renowned set of German World War I trenches. They were located on the valuable high ground of Hill 80 in the village of Wijtschate (“Whitesheet” to the British soldiers) near Ypres (or “Wipers”) — a strategically crucial city in western Flanders that was contested for almost the entirety of the war. 

Verdegem was convinced the site would prove unusually bountiful, but he also had a darker suspicion. Wijtschate was…



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