Gallipoli archaeological study - media backgrounder
The Turkey, Australia and New Zealand Historical and Archaeological Survey of the
Anzac Battlefield is one of the largest exercises in battlefield archaeology ever
The study will run over five years and aims to increase our knowledge of the Gallipoli
campaign, which to date has been based on maps and written accounts.
Despite the historical importance of the Gallipoli battlefield, this area has never been
studied in detail through modern archaeological survey methods.
Identify all significant sites to Turkish, Australian and New Zealand Forces
during the Gallipoli campaign.
Locate and record the condition of visible campaign material, including
trenches, paths, cemeteries and markers.
Locate and record the condition of all sites of significance where there is no
external, visible evidence remaining.
Indentify the position of memorials and war cemeteries in relation to battle
Correlate the position of sites of historical significance with built structures
such as roads and memorials.
Produce reports and associated materials that will identify the historical
context, location and condition of all sites of significance.
Field work undertaken to date
Using non-invasive modern, multi-disciplinary techniques
4000 metres of trench
3300 metres of modern road
1000 metres of track
36 pits/dugouts/possible tunnel entrances of which at least four are believed to
be part of tunnel complexes
69 recovered relics including metal fragments of food containers, buckets,
bullet shells, bullets, shell cartridges, buttons, belt buckles and glass shards of
beer bottles and medicine jars; and the paraphernalia of a rudimentary Turkish
Study in brief
• Identify sites of cultural, historical and environmental significance from the
Anzac Battlefield area
• Learn more about Gallipoli campaign
• Inform future study of the area
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Turan Takaoğlu (A)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nurettin Arslan (A)
Assist. Prof. Dr. Mithat Atabay (H)
Assist. Prof. Dr. Muhammet Erat (H)
Assist. Prof. Dr. Mehmet Fatih Yuvaz (H)
Prof Antonio Sagona (A)
Assoc. Prof. Christopher John Mackie (A)
RADM Simon Harrington AM RAN (Ret’d) (Military Expert)
Dr. Richard E. Reid (H)
Dr. Jessie Birkett-Rees (A)
Ms Aleks Michalewicz (PGS)
Ms Sarah Midford (PGS)
Ms Abby Robinson (PGS)
Dr. Ian McGibbon (H)
A = archaeologist
H = historian
PGS = post-graduate student
Findings to date
• 4000 metres of trench
• 12 cemeteries
• Eight boundary markers
• Seven collapsed tunnels
• 36 dugouts
• 69 recovered artefacts
All artefacts were handed over to the Military Museum in Canakkale.
First phase of field work completed in October 2010.
Completion expected in 2015
For more information including images visit the
DVA Media Centre.