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The Defence Archaeology Group and Operation Nightingale was founded in 2012 to utilise both the technical and social aspects of field archaeology in the recovery and skill development of soldiers injured in the conflict in Afghanistan.

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Soldiers on the award winning Operation Nightingale discover a Saxon spear, shield and burials


Army archaeology team helps uncover wartime bomber

The burial Kenny excavated, with a remarkably fine bronze-bound tankard (astonishingly well-preserved; even the wood has survived!) with an iron spearhead on top. This grave is about 1500 years old.

Rifles injured on Operation Herrick continues its success on Salisbury Plain

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Launch of Project Florence Video

January 27, 2013

'Operation Nightingale: Time Warriors' follows the progress of an exciting archaeological excavation on Salisbury Plain. This dig was conducted by the army with help from Wessex Archaeology as part of Operation Nightingale, a military initiative to use archaeology in the recovery of injured soldiers.

Launch of Defence Archaeology Group

October 1, 2012

The official launch of the Defence Archaeology Group has taken place on HMS Victory, in the presence of Second Sea Lord Vice Admiral Sir Charles Montgomery. Time Team’s Phil Harding, who is the group’s Honorary President, and Professor Simon James, representing the University of Leicester were among those attending.