I have supported both 'Operation Nightingale' and 'Breaking Ground Heritage' for a number of years, my aim being to help raise awareness of these wonderful projects (that utilise archaeology to aid the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, injured or sick military veterans) through my photography. As well as documenting the excavations, and narrating the human story, I cover any technical photographic requirements on site, including 3D photogrammetry, and provide post-excavation finds photography. Here are the photo-archives from the key projects...

EXERCISE: DIGGING WAR-HORSE  |  SEPTEMBER 2014​​​​​​​

During the First World War, a horse hospital was established near the Fargo Plantation at Larkhill on Salisbury Plain. This project included an archaeological excavation, led by Julian Richards, and a series of community activities and presentations.

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EXERCISE: HURAGAN  |  SEPT 2015

During the Battle Of Britain, a Hawker Hurricane flown by a Polish pilot from the infamous 303 Squadron, was shot down north of Brighton on 9th September 1940. This excavation aimed to locate and recover what remained of the aircraft.

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EXERCISE: MAGWITCH  |  MAY 2017​​​​​​​

A recovery excavation to ascertain that Prisoners who died on moored Prison Hulks (retired ships of the line, late 18th / early 19th century) were buried on the tiny Burrow (Rat) Island in Portsmouth Harbour.

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[CAUTION: Contains Images Of Human Remains]​​​​​​​

EXERCISE: JOAN OF ARC  |  JUNE 2017​​​​​​​

An archaeological project on the Western Front, in Bullecourt, France. The aim was to locate Lt. Hugh Skinners British MKII tank (#796) that attacked the Hindenburg Line on 11th April 1917.

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[CAUTION: Contains Images Of Human Remains]​​​​​​​

EXERCISE: CELTIC FESTIVAL  |  JULY 2017

An archaeological excavation to seek evidence of a roundhouse and associated midden at Chisenbury on Salisbury Plain.

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EXERCISE: BEOWULF  |  NOVEMBER 2017​​​​​​​

Part of an ongoing recovery project at Barrow Clump on Salisbury Plain - the site of a 6th Century Anglo-Saxon burial ground.

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[CAUTION: Contains Images Of Human Remains]​​​​​​​

EXERCISE: JOAN OF ARC  |  JUNE 2018​​​​​​​

Our second excavation on the Western Front to find further evidence of the first Battle Of Bullecourt (11th April 1917), and the fate of MKII tank #796.

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[CAUTION: Contains Images Of Human Remains]​​​​​​​

RE-CHALKING THE BULFORD KIWI  |  JUNE 2018

During WW1, soldiers from New Zealand were stationed at Bulford Camp on Salisbury Plain, prior to deployment in France and Belgium. Soldiers, at the time, constructed a Kiwi out of chalk on a side of a hill close to the Camp. This project aimed to restore and maintain the Kiwi with fresh chalk, delivered by Chinook helicopters.

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EXERCISE: SLEEPY HOLLOW  |  JULY 2018

At Barton Farm, on the outskirts of Winchester, is an area that was once used a camp for the Southern Hampshire Militia and later, thousands of German Hessian Mercenaries. This excavation sought evidence of the Hessian Camp prior to new housing development work taking place on the site.

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EXERCISE: BEOWULF  |  JULY 2018

A return to the Anglo-Saxon burial site at Barrow Clump on Salisbury Plain. This excavation aimed to study the effects of military tracked vehicles on the abundant archaeology in the area.

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[CAUTION: Contains Images Of Human Remains]​​​​​​​

EXERCISE: REDCAP RECOVERY  |  MARCH 2019

As part of the ongoing archaeological project on Rat Island, in Portsmouth Harbour. In 2019, an excavation utilising personnel from the Special Investigation Branch (SIB) of the Royal Military Police, aimed to further recover human remains under threat from erosion.

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[CAUTION: Contains Images Of Human Remains]​​​​​​​

EXERCISE: SHALLOW GRAVE  |  MAY 2019​​​​​​​

An excavation in the Cotswolds to find evidence of an Anglo-Saxon burial ground, that was under threat from farming and ploughing.

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[CAUTION: Contains Images Of Human Remains]​​​​​​​

EXERCISE: DIGGING BAND OF BROTHERS  |  MAY 2019​​​​​​​

From September 1943 until June 1944, Aldbourne in Wiltshire was home to the infamous US Paratroopers: Easy Company from the 506th PIR, 101st Airborne Division. This excavation aimed to locate the bunk hut used by the Platoon Sergeants of Easy Co, including Carwood Lipton and Don Malarkey.

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EXERCISE: REDCAP RECOVERY (PHASE 3)  |  JUNE 2019​​​​​​​

An excavation at Bullecourt on the Western Front in France that was the area of two devastating battles in April and May 1917. This project was focussed on an Australian Dugout and communication trench on the Railway Embankment.

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EXERCISE: ROUNDHOUSE  |  SEPTEMBER 2020​​​​​​​

An excavation to find evidence of a Bronze Age roundhouse and dwellings at Dunch Hill on Salisbury Plain. It is intended that a replica of the house will be built at Butser Ancient Farm during 2021.

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