Only few days to go to fund this dig before this heretofore unexcavated german fortified position from World War 1 at hill 80 (Höhe 80) near Wytschaete, Belgium gets paved over by a housing development project and the site is destroyed and lost forever.
Project Whitesheet 2018
Crowdfunded excavation of a First World War Battlefield
In 2015, during test trenching, a team of archaeologists discovered a well-preserved German strongpoint at a ridge top near the village Of Wijtschate (also known as Wytschaete — or ‘Whitesheet’ to the British). Wijtschate had been captured by the Germans at the end of 1914, who went on to build into what became formidable fortress that would only be breached in 1917 during the Battle of Messines.
With a full-scale excavation almost certain, the archaeologists closed their test trenches to preserve what they’d found. That is why an international team of experts has joined forces in an effort to make this happen, a scientific excavation, executed by professional archaeologists and supported by universities, governments and others – financed by crowdfunding.