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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.

A project, codenamed ‘Operation Nightingale’ was developed to utilise both the technical and social aspects of field archaeology to help in the recovery and skill development of soldiers injured in the conflict in Afghanistan.

There is a close correlation between the skills required by the modern soldier and those of the professional archaeologist. These skills include surveying, geophysics (for ordnance recovery or revealing cultural heritage sites), scrutiny of the ground (for improvised explosive devices or artefacts), site and team management, mapping, navigation and the physical ability to cope with hard manual work in often inclement weather conditions.

AWARD WINNING PROJECT

WINNERS OF THE SPECIAL MERIT AWARD, BRITISH ARCHAEOLOGICAL AWARDS

A presentation recognising a project of special merit was made to representatives from Operation Nightingale: a ground-breaking archaeology project on Salisbury Plain which helps aid the rehabilitation of soldiers from The Rifles who have been injured on operations in Afghanistan.

WINNERS OF THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE (MOD) SANCTUARY AWARD

Unique and hugely successful, the project won the award in the Heritage Projects category, beating off tough competition from entries nationwide. It also acquired the Silver Otter trophy – awarded to the overall Sanctuary winner.

TIME TEAM

Time Team was invited to tell the story of Operation Nightingale and the site of Barrow Clump. The team worked in the trenches with the soldiers of 1 Rifles and lent a hand with a little bit of geophysics.

The MoD asked Time Team to help with the excavation of a specific trench designed to establish the condition of the unexplored half of the site - did the burials extend in that direction? John Gater also joined the team to conduct geophysics around the barrow to discover the extent burial ground...

Operation Nightingale: Time Warriors

'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.

Video produced as part of Project Florence by Wessex Archaeology.

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