First archaeological survey of the Gallipoli battlefield features at the Shrine

April 15 / 156

The Anzac battlefield: landscape of war and memory exhibition, a collaboration between the University and The Shrine of Remembrance
The Anzac battlefield: landscape of war and memory exhibition, a collaboration between the University and The Shrine of Remembrance

 

The Anzac battlefield: landscape of war and memory exhibition, a collaboration between the University and The Shrine of Remembrance opened on 15 April.

The enduring fascination with Gallipoli is explored in the exhibition, which presents some 100 items recovered from the Joint Historical and Archaeological Survey of the Gallipoli battlefield (2010 – 14) supported by the Australian, New Zealand and Turkish governments.

 

“This is the first archaeological survey of the Gallipoli battlefield since the First World War,” said archeologist and exhibition curator, Dr Andrew Jamieson.

 

“The battlefield is 100 years old, and is disappearing. It is important to map what is left before it vanishes completely, using scientific survey techniques and equipment.

 

“The survey recovered over 1,000 objects, 100 of which are a part of the exhibition,” said Dr Jamieson.

 

The Anzac battlefield: landscape of war and memory will showcase maps from the University of Melbourne collections and the private collections of Mehmet Urgulu, providing a rich insight into the ways Gallipoli has been perceived over time and its continuing strategic importance as a site where east meets west.

 

The exhibition includes artefacts that tell the many stories of the Gallipoli Peninsula, from ancient myths and the Battle of Troy, to the warfare of 1915.

 

“The archeological survey found fewer artefacts on the Turkish side of the battlefield compared with the countless food containers on the Allied side, where there were cans of bully beef. This showed that while the Allied soldiers had a diet of canned food, the Ottoman soldiers had access to fresh food, like bread and vegetables,” explained Dr Jamieson.

 

In this centenary year, the University of Melbourne is offering a program of exhibitions and events to commemorate the ANZAC Gallipoli campaign, including a special centenary lecture series. A new website has been launched with all the event details, as well as a range of stories from our own archives. Please see http://www.anzac.unimelb.edu.au

 

 

Story by Laura Soderlind

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