Some farmers have found quite large amounts of material on their land: here is a collection of British glass bottles in a particularly good state. (left). An armoured breastplate, some shells, entrenching tools, a helmet, a water bottle and a beaker found by a local farmer. (right).
On several places along the A19 route the ditches were cleaned while doing the fieldwalking and excavating, revealing some important features. Two trenches could be identified near the Turco excavation area and further on the track the remains of a meter gauge railway were uncovered. Those structures have been registered and mapped. Near the Turco site one of these trenches consisted of three levels of duckboards. Close to that structure, the remains of a small concrete shelter were uncovered.
It is hardly necessary to explain that in the course of this work, we were forced to deal with a great deal of potentially hazardous or explosive material: remains of all kinds of ammunition can be found on every farm in the immediate vicinity and make up the majority of the collected finds. In handling these explosives there was intensive co-operation between archaeologists and DOVO (Service for the Disposal and Demolition of Explosives - Dienst voor opruiming en vernietiging van ontploffingstuigen, a unit of the Belgian army specializing in the dismantling of explosives). With the help of these specialists a safe methodology for excavation and handling the dangerous finds was determined. They gave the excavating personnel a briefing about the possible hazards.