A Student of History

September 20, 2006

Gallipoli survey to reveal war secrets

Filed under: Historic Places — John Maass @ 1:25 pm

From an Australian website, we learn that that nation is to be part of a three-nation archaeological survey of the Gallipoli battlefield.  From the article:

Associate Professor Chris Mackie from the University of Melbourne says the survey will combine conventional mapping with electromagnetic surveying to produce the most comprehensive historical and archaeological study ever conducted there.

“Most of the attention in the post-war period has been on the cemeteries,” he says about studies of Turkey’s Gallipoli Peninsula. “One of the things we’ll be spending a great deal of time on is the mapping of the trenches to see how they cohere with surviving maps of the trenches and exploring what lies beneath.”

Gallipoli is probably the most historically significant military site in Australia’s history.

Mackie says many people are unaware of the historical importance of the region, which includes the nearby site of the ancient battle of Troy.

The project was scheduled to have started earlier this year but has been delayed by diplomatic and heritage considerations, the veterans’ affairs spokesperson says.

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