October 13, 2015

Historical/Aeronautical archaeology

Filed under: Aerial Archaeology, Historic — acagle @ 7:06 am

Buried Spitfire gives up its secrets: Archaeologists uncover precious items from plane that crashed during World War II

There’s not a lot of historical information here, but I appreciate these kinds of projects. And nice photos, too. Excellent view of the stratigraphy in one, with the dark peat overlying what looks like compact clay.

October 29, 2014

Amelia Earhardt. . . . .found. Again.

Filed under: Aerial Archaeology, Historic — acagle @ 1:54 pm

Amelia Earhart Plane Fragment Identified

A fragment of Amelia Earhart’s lost aircraft has been identified to a high degree of certainty for the first time ever since her plane vanished over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937, in a record attempt to fly around the world at the equator.

New research strongly suggests that a piece of aluminum aircraft debris recovered in 1991 from Nikumaroro, an uninhabited atoll in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati, does belong to Earhart’s twin-engined Lockheed Electra.

Well, you can judge for yourself. Thus far, none of the evidence has convinced me of anything much. They’ll have to find a more definitive link such as the actual plane or identifying remains (human or personal).

May 28, 2014

Aerial archaeology update

Filed under: Aerial Archaeology, Historic — acagle @ 7:08 pm

Historian and archaeologists at Idaho National Laboratory find crashed WWII bomber

In March, archaeologists pinpointed the location of Aircraft 42-73365 — a consolidated B-24J Liberator bomber that crashed in the Acro Desert during a 1944 training mission.

The entire 7-man crew compliment died in the crash: 2nd Lt. Richard A. Hedges, 25, 2nd Lt. Lonnie L. Keepers, 23, 2nd Lt. Robert W. Madsen, 28, 2nd Lt. Richard R. Pitzner, 23, Sgt. Louis H. Rinke, 19, Sgt. Charles W. Eddy, 22, and Sgt. George H. Pearce Jr., 25.

“I think that was the most touching part — that we know that seven people died right here,” archaeologist Julie Williams said. “And it’s not that we haven’t found other places (on the INL site) where people have died, but this was in context . because we know where and how they perished.”

It wasn’t really a ‘lost’ plane, just a forgotten one.

That’s actually my favorite bomber from WWII. Most people like the B17 but I always liked the B24.

February 10, 2014

Aerial archaeology

Filed under: Aerial Archaeology — acagle @ 7:58 pm

German archaeologists finalising plans to retrieve Second World War airman Sergeant Roland Hill entombed inside his aircraft

German archaeologists are finalising plans to retrieve a Second World War airman entombed inside his aircraft in a swamp for the past 70 years.

The remains of Sergeant Roland Hill, from Leicester, lie in marshland north of Berlin, where his Halifax bomber HR930 was shot down during a night raid in 1943.

The 32-year-old flight engineer, of 158 Squadron, perished in the crash along with his seven-man crew before the aircraft vanished beneath the mud.

They’re trying to find any living relatives of the airman as well (link and email addy at bottom of article), so spread the word.

January 2, 2014

Aviation archaeology update

Filed under: Aerial Archaeology — acagle @ 8:17 pm

Make sure to check out John Morrow’s latest entry on a Bristol Beaufighter.

August 18, 2013

Aerial (and drought) archaeology

Filed under: Aerial Archaeology — acagle @ 2:56 pm

Dry summer reveals Brecon secrets: Major Roman fort and marching camp discovered under parched fields

A rare Roman fort and marching camp have been discovered by archaeologists – thanks to the summer heatwave.

The outlines of the major Roman fort complex were revealed under parched grassland near Brecon, Mid Wales.

Aerial archaeologist Dr Toby Driver said he couldn’t believe his eyes when he spotted the huge hidden ancient fort from the air.

More like ‘vegetation archaeology’ in a way since it’s often changes in vegetation that reveals structures. I imagine there will be a slough of “receding lake beds reveal archaeology” around there, too.

April 21, 2013

Not those kind

Filed under: Aerial Archaeology — acagle @ 10:17 am

Norfolk Broads: Bronze Age evidence ‘everywhere’

Proof of Bronze Age activity can be found throughout the whole of the Norfolk Broads, archaeologists claim.

The Middle Bronze Age field system at Ormesby St Michael in 2010 is not unique to the area, Nick Gilmour said.

Mr Gilmour, who will feature in The Flying Archaeologist on BBC One, said aerial photos suggest clear signs of life well before the Broads were dug.

“The more you look the more you start seeing Bronze Age everywhere,” he will say on the programme, at 19:30 BST.

I keep threatening to make a Category called Aerial Archaeology. . . .and now I have done so. As for the definition, see here. Not sure what the North American equivalent term would be though. IIRC, much of the area around New Orleans is something similar.

As for the other sort, well, here’s one.

UPDATE: Another application here (with video). I think that’s even a segment of the “Aerial Archaeologist” show mentioned in the above link as well.

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