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Subject Areas:Archaeology, Military, History
Name, Speaker Location & Areas covered:Mr Alex SOTHERAN Rotherham :: All Yorkshire covered
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Subjects:I have worked as a field archaeologist since 2001 across the globe and I currently work as the archaeology advisor for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation in the Ministry of Defence. This role requires liaison with military authorities and other stakeholders over matters related to heritage and archaeology across the MOD estate in the north of England and Scotland. Since 2003, I have also worked as a battlefield archaeologist in France and Belgium on the battlefields of the First World War. This work has involved the development of battlefield archaeology as a field discipline and the recovery of many missing soldierÂ’s remains. Whilst in this role, I have also featured in several television programmes, including productions for YAP Films and the BBC. My talks centre on battlefield archaeology and what further information it can give us when studying the First World War, including understanding the trench systems, recovery and the identification of the soldierÂ’s remains, even pinpointing the location of a destroyed tank.
A popular talk that I give is:

The First World War and Battlefield Archaeology

A general introduction to the work I have been involved with over the past fifteen years on battlefield sites in France and Belgium, including a general look at the material that you would expect to find on FFW sites and a look at three particular sites showing what can be learnt from the archaeology of the First World War

Along with the introduction to battlefield archaeology, the following can also be provided as talks:
Bullecourt, the Search for Tanks

Recent (2017 and 2018) excavations at Bullecourt, in France where Mark II tanks attacked with Australian soldiers in 1917. The site was excavated and revealed some evidence for the tank attack. The project was also staffed by volunteers made up of ex-forces veterans suffering from various physical injuries and PTSD and helped their recovery through the Operation Nightingale group.

Mametz Wood, Evidence for the Welsh on the Somme

Mametz Wood was the scene of an attack by soldiers of the 36th (Welsh) Division in 1916, despite large casualties the woods were captured. Excavations in 2015 revealed the remains of German positions in the woods along with evidence for the brutal nature of the fighting. The team were also joined by the rugby star Gareth Thomas who was researching his relatives who had fought in the First World War.

My fee is £40 for a talk of about an hour with questions, presented as a Powerpoint presentation. I provide my own projector, but will need a wall or screen to project onto. I am willing to travel, however, I am based in Rotherham and will charge expenses for a journey longer than half and hour.

Availability & Fee:Anytime£40.00
Requirements: S, PS, EC, EClick for requirements explanation
Virtual Talk Offered: No
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