Excavating under Gunfire: Archaeologists in the Aegean during the First World War

Gill, David W. J. (2011) Excavating under Gunfire: Archaeologists in the Aegean during the First World War. Public Archaeology, 10 (4). pp. 187-199. ISSN 1465-5187

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The Gallipoli campaign in 1915 revealed remains of the cemeteries of the Greek settlement of Elaious. French troops from the Corps expeditionnaire d'Orient were assigned to investigate the site, often under Turkish gunfire. This work was supervised by former students of the Ecole francaise d'Athenes. Detailed plans were made, the finds catalogued, and a published report issued. During the subsequent campaign in Macedonia, the French team made a detailed study of the archaeological remains and objects discovered in the French sector. Ernest Gardner, the former director of the British School at Athens, had been posted to Salonica as a member of the Eastern Mediterranean Special Intelligence Bureau (EMSIB). He studied the finds from the British sector and created a museum for the finds in Salonica. Some other archaeological work continued in Greece during the war years, though not close to the front. Such dedicated archaeological work in a battlefield situation was the precursor to more specialized units that developed during the Second World War.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: gallipolli,macedonia,military intelligence,world war i,france,ottoman empire,ecole-francaise-dathenes,intelligence
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Centres > Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2020 23:50
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2023 23:52
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/76326
DOI: 10.1179/175355311X13206765126596

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