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Cartridge cases found on the Front Line

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Eyepieces and valve of a gas mask

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Length of corrugated iron

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Charger of 303 bullets from a British rifle

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Mills bomb (hand grenade)

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Mills bombs (hand grenades)

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Rum bottle; SRD stands for Service Reserve Depot.

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Wine decanter

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Bayonet from a Label rifle

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Section through a back-filled communication trench

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The excavation at Mametz

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Swastika medallion found around the wrist of a fallen soldier

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Eye piece from a gas mask

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Buckles form Australian tunics

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Zinc eyelets from German groundsheets used to lower bodies of soldiers into burial pits.

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Matchbox found with soldier

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Australian Rising Sun badge found with a soldier

Australian Rising Sun badge found with soldier.
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Dr Iain Banks in a communication trench

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Timer from a British fuse

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Topographical survey of two communication trenches and shell holes

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Water can, punctured with a pickaxe to create a brazier

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Comb, cut down to make a mustache comb.

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Bottles for wine, spirits and condiments.

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HP sauce bottle

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Bulldog shovel, used for tunneling.

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Cut-off wader worn by engineers in 1918

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Oil can found on the floor of the dugout

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Alcoves for bunkbeds in the dugout

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Steel girders and corrugated iron for the roof

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Original oak ladders (1918) going up the shaft

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Ploughed-up shells

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Ploughed-up shells

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Eight-pound unfired British shrapnel shell

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Top of the shaft leading into the dugout

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Duckboard found in situ

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Wine bottles

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Filter from a hand pump

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Detail of stairs from LIDAR scans

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Lebel rifle, found with two French soldiers buried behind the front line

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Sandbags from a preserved parapet

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LIDAR scans of the dugout system

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The pump, as found in situ in the dugout. It still worked after 90years underground

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Lead plumb bob found outside the dugout

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Bulldog spade, used for digging through clay

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Screw picket and straight picket

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Duckboard in situ

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Duckboard in situ

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