In Search of Adam

This thursday sees the launch of my wife’s new novel. The party is being held in Manchester (UK) and is open to anyone who wishes join the fun.

You can find out more about the book here.


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Mass Grave

George Simmers writes the following about a mass grave at Fromelles.
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A mass grave�discovered

Battlefield archaeologists have discovered the grave of about 400 British and Australian soldiers at Fromelles. They were casualties in a battle planned to draw German attention away from the Somme.

Every so often, when studying this war, one comes up against a fact that can still shock. That the grave of so many could be lost and forgotten in the confusion of war is an astonishing reminder of the vastness of the� event.

The question now is – should they be exhumed and re-buried, or� left where they are? I would guess that the Australians, who played a major part in this operation, will be very keen on some kind of formal memorial, at the least.

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History Carnival 53

The 53rd History Carnival is up at American Presidents

Volunteers wanted for dig in England

This post is not strictly military but I thought might be interest. I picked it up from Archaeology in Europe.

Keen historians are being invited to help a team of Exeter University archaeologists uncover secrets of an ancient Bronze Age site. The team have worked at the site, in Stokenham, near Kingsbridge (South Devon, England), for two years and they will reopen it again from July 2 to 24. Last year’s excavation unearthed a number of finds including Bronze Age pottery. Project director Penny Cunningham said that anyone who wanted to help would not need any particular skills. “They will be asked to sort or wash finds like pottery and will help analyse them,” she said.
The team will work from 9am to 5pm every day except Fridays. Anyone who wants to lend should just turn up. There are open days on the weekends of July 7 and 8, 14 and 15 and 21 and 22. Children of all ages are welcome to participate in the junior archaeologist workshop days on July 7, 14 and 21 from 10am to 3pm. For more information contact Dr Williams, Department of Archaeology, Laver, University of Exeter, EX4 4QE, or, or call 01392 262491.