Guest Post: WWI Artifacts

WW1 ArtifactsThe archaeology of World War One has become increasing popular, both inside the metal detector community and without, and finds from this period often gain mass media coverage thanks to their uniqueness and national interest. This will undoubtedly increase with the coming of the centenary anniversary of this conflict next year in 2014 when the eyes of the world will once again be on the areas of Europe that were affected by this significant conflict.

Excavations and metal detecting of WWI battlefields and earthworks have yielded some fascinating finds over the years and even on occasion the remains of those who perished. Amazing work and research by dedicated archaeologists in this field has turned up a broad spectrum of evidence of the ways that lives were lived, and lost, providing insight and inspiration into the existences of those who have gone before. Whilst this has been the case in sites across the UK – and the world – there is nowhere that highlights the conflict more for me than the deserts of Jordan.


Archeological finds in this part of the world have more often than not consisted of buttons and shell casings, buckles and personal items, which often just lay on the hard rocky surface exactly where they had been lost by their owners. When I was out there with my metal detector it was already some 92 years since such things had been lost but there were items scattered all over the ground here, as if the area had just lain untouched for all those years. To see them just lying there was a true timeline back to the past, almost as if they had been mislaid just a few weeks before…

by Julian Evan-Hart

About Julian Evan-Hart
Julian is from Hertfordshire, England and has always been interested in fossils and antiquities. Julian has written a number of books on metal detecting, and is an avid user of Minelab products.

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