Ministry for Culture and Heritage war historian Ian McGibbon leaves shortly for Turkey to take part in the fourth field session of the Joint Historical and Archaeological Survey of the Anzac Battlefield. New Zealand’s representative on the survey, he will join twelve archaeologists, historians and researchers from Turkey and Australia to carry out the new survey session.
Historian Ian McGibbon in Gallipoli during the 2012 survey.
The Joint Historical and Archaeological Survey is the outcome of an agreement between the prime ministers of New Zealand, Australia and Turkey in 2005. It is the most significant survey of the battlefields of Gallipoli since the First World War, using non-invasive, advanced mapping, and GPS technology that records positions accurate to within 30 centimetres.
‘This year we will be focusing on the southern part of the Anzac area’, states Dr McGibbon, ‘but we hope also to further explore the area below Quinn’s Post, especially the Malone Terraces, which were created by Wellington Battalion commander Lieutenant-Colonel William Malone’.
So far the survey, over three field sessions, has traced nearly 8,000 metres of Turkish and Anzac trenches and located and recorded about 800 artifacts.
Work has already begun on an illustrated book detailing the survey’s findings that will be published in 2015 as part of the centenary commemoration. An exhibition is also being planned.
Updated on 23rd July 2015