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Spoils of war
« on: Saturday, 12 May, 2018 @ 19:20:15 »
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Spoils of war: plan for exhibition on archaeological finds unearthed in WWI trenches in Greece

It is something of a running joke that you can't dig anywhere in Greece without stumbling across some relic of the country's ancient past. War time is apparently no exception to this rule, as an exhibition dedicated to the sites and artifacts discovered by Allied forces during the trench warfare of World War I intends to demonstrate.

Entitled "Archaeology in a time of war", the exhibition is being planned and organised by the Kilkis Antiquities Ephorate as its contribution to regional events marking the first centennial since the end of WWI and explores the finds made while digging the defensive trenches and the later archaeological digs that these inspired.
During their labours, the trench diggers in Polykastro, Axioupolis, Axiochori, Limnotopos and Pontoiraklia in Kilkis found the remains of ancient settlements and cemeteries dating from the early Iron Age (10th-7th century B.C.) right up to the Archaic era (6th century B.C.).

The finds on display include gold and copper jewellery from the graves of women, as well as ancient swords and spears buried with prehistoric warriors, discovered by their 20th century counterparts in their efforts to create earthworks to protect themselves against powerful artillery.
http://www.amna.gr/en/article/256573/Spoils-of-war-plan-for-exhibition-on-archaeological-finds-unearthed-in-WWI-trenches-in-Greece