Christmas Special: The First World War and The Plugstreet Project

Happy Holidays Everyone!

We are proud to announce our Christmas special radio show! This year marks the centenary of the First World War. With the arrival of the hundred year anniversary of the War, battlefield archaeology of World War One sites has been gifted with a new popularity. One of the favorite anecdotal stories of the Great War is the truce that took place between the Allied and German forces during Christmas in 1914. Today Indiana Jones hosts Mr. Martin Brown, a battlefield archaeologist who has spent many years excavating the Western Front, to talk about the No Man’s Land  archaeology group and the Plugstreet Project. We will discuss bringing heritage archaeology into mainstream media, the importance of battlefield archaeology, and the Great War.

Christmas Truce 1914, as seen by the Illustrated London News.

Martin Brown is a highly experienced archaeologist who has worked in the field and in curatorial and consultancy roles. He has worked for national heritage bodies and central and local government. Following almost 10 years with the Ministry of Defence he now works in archaeological consultancy for His particular interests include landscape archaeology and conflict archaeology, as well as public engagement.

Martin is also a regular broadcaster on archaeological matters and is one of the most experienced archaeologists working in connection with the Great War (First World War) 1914-1918. He has led projects in France, Belgium and in the UK that are connected to the conflict, including training sites, battlefield and support areas and the unique terrain model of the Messines battlefield on Cannock Chase, Staffordshire.
Martin is co-Director of the Plugstreet Project and a founding member of No-Man’s-Land archaeology group. He is part of the Historic Environment Team for Defence Estates and has been a professional archaeologist for over 20 years. His media work includes Time Team, BBC Radio 4, Trench Detectives, Tales from the Grave, Weaponology, Ancestors and Inside Out.



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