Posted by: sommecourt | 12/06/2011

Somme Archaeology at La Boisselle: ‘The Glory Hole’

The news this week, as we lead up to the 95th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, was full of the new archaeological project at La Boisselle. Historian Peter Barton is heading up a team that plans a 10-15 year project on a section of the battlefield there called ‘The Glory Hole’. This part of the line saw mining activity from British, French and German tunnellers and by 1st July 1916 was a mass of small mine craters.

I first visited the ‘Glory Hole’ in the early 1980s; I remember it being one of the few places on the Somme even then – outside of woods – where evidence of the war could be clearly seen. Back in 2006 thanks to a local I was alerted to the fact that it was planned to turn the whole area into a housing estate, which thankfully did not happen, and it is good to see the site is being properly explored, mapped and surveyed at last.

The project is still in its early stages but public access days are planned. For further information see the project’s website:


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