Monday 2 July 2018

Lots of paper artefacts! "Durchgangslager Hangö" 2018 excavation day 6/15

Today we started off excavation week two with a fresh new team of 16 amateur conflict archaeologists. Chilly weather, drissling rain but very interesting finds including German WW2 uniform attire and lots of paper items with readable text after 75 years in the ground!

 Paper items, with readable text after 75 yrs in the ground!

This weeks area is very different from the area we excavated last week. No cans, no bottles... but instead lots and lots of small finds! The find layer is very thin but maybe thats only a good thing as it allows us to gradually expend the excavation area.

Heer shoulderboard rank insignia.

Losantin gas contamination (skin protection agent) year 1937

German flare gun cartridge.

Wehrmacht sleeve rank patch.

The weather report for tomorrow is promises rain all day and lot´s of it... so sadly we can´t do any digging (because of the fragile paper artefacts in the ground). Instead our team will visit the battlefields of 1941 here in Hanko and of course the "Durchgangslager Hangö" exhibition at Hanko Museum.

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