Dig Hill 80 Exhibition, Belgium February 5, 2019

In the temporarily exhibition ‘Dig Hill 80’ you can explore the archeological findings and remains from the archeological project Dig Hill 80, that took place in 2018.

 

In 2015, a team of archaeologists discovered the well preserved 'Hill 80', a German trench system at Wijtschate. During the First World War, German troops used the buildings of a miller's company to build this stronghold. The Allies were unable to take this almost impregnable spot until the Battle of Messines in June 1917. After the war, the stronghold was filled up and forgotten, until the rediscovery brought it back to attention.

 

In anticipation of later research and to protect the archaeological remains, the excavations were closed. The estimated costs for archaeological research, however, increased to such an extent that the site remained untouched for a long time. In the summer of 2017 the project 'Dig Hill 80' was launched to revitalize the excavation and the memory of this special place.

 

Funding was realized through crowdfunding, allowing interested parties to contribute to the project in various ways. The excavation started on 16 April 2018 and took 60 days.  More than 250 people assisted the team of archaeologists to unearth the miller's site, trenches and shelters. They also found remnants of the fierce battle in 1914 and thousands of objects, witnesses of the soldier’s life and war violence. During the excavation, the remains of at least 110 soldiers were found, including 70 Germans, 3 French, 9 British and 1 South African.

 

The exhibition is located in the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917.
Berten Pilstraat 5A
8980 Zonnebeke