When Archaeologists Dug In Flanders Fields, They Made A Sobering Discovery Beneath The Soil

Archeologists are digging preliminary trenches at a site called Hill 80, close to a Belgian village called Wijtschate. It was the scene of ferocious fighting in World War One – indeed, this piece of land atop the Messines Ridge changed hands no fewer than four times during that conflict. As the researchers cautiously probe the earth, it’s soon clear that they’re at an exceptionally well-preserved WWI site. But they also uncover sobering evidence of the war’s stark brutality.