Anzac Gallipoli Archaeological Database

The Anzac Gallipoli Archaeological Database (AGAD) is a unique digital archive of the results of five seasons of archaeological survey of the World War 1 battlefield at Anzac on the Gallipoli peninsular, Turkey by the Joint Historical-Archaeological Survey, or JHAS project.

AGAD includes over 2000 records of precisely documented artefacts and features from both Turkish and Allied (Anzac) areas of the battlefield and provides a unique perspective on both sides of the conflict. AGAD aims to contribute to the study of World War I through its emphasis on landscape and artefacts.

The late Professor Antonio (Tony) Sagona, in conjunction with Professor Chris Mackie (at that time also of The University of Melbourne) headed the JHAS project, and he lead the team, which included members from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey, on the first survey of the battlefield in 2010. The JHAS was funded by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Canberra, and was the first to received permission to do non-intrusive archaeological research within the Anzac area, since Charles Bean’s team in 1919. He managed the tri-nation project through four archaeological field seasons, the writing of a book published by Cambridge University Press, and an exhibition at the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance of artefacts collected from the tunnels, trenches and dugouts during the JHAS surveys.

Dr Jessie Birkett-Rees, Dr Michelle Negus Cleary, Dr Sarah Midford and Abby Robinson were SHAPS researchers or graduate students at the time, and were also key members of the JHAS team and responsible for the collection and documentation of data presented in the AGAD. Tony Sagona and Michelle Negus Cleary worked with Peter Neish and Leo Konstantelos from Digital Scholarship at The University of Melbourne, to create the AGAD from the raw data collected by the JHAS project.

Tony's excellent photographs are a key element of the AGAD and provide an excellent example of the high quality of Tony’s work and his great attention to detail. Michelle created the framework for the database and coordinated the cataloguing and documentation of it. Peter Neish and the Digital Scholarship team provided the expertise to take the raw dataset and basic database framework and transform it into a user-friendly, web-based format that was integrated into the University’s digital humanities and data management framework.

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Book: Anzac Battlefield: A Gallipoli Landscape of War and Memory

Anzac Battlefield: A Gallipoli Landscape of War and Memory explores the transformation of Gallipoli's landscape in antiquity, during the famed battles of the First World War and in the present day. Drawing on archival, archaeological and cartographic material, this book unearths the deep history of the Gallipoli peninsula, setting the Gallipoli campaign in a broader cultural and historical context. The book presents the results of an original archaeological survey, the research for which was supported by the Australian, New Zealand and Turkish Governments. The survey examines materials from both sides of the battlefield, and sheds new light on the environment in which Anzac and Turkish soldiers endured the conflict. Richly illustrated with both Ottoman and Anzac archival images and maps, as well as original maps and photographs of the landscape and archaeological findings, Anzac Battlefield is an important contribution to our understanding of Gallipoli and its landscape of war and memory.

Exhibition: The Anzac battlefield: Landscape of war and memory
Shrine of Remembrance, 14 April 2015 - 31 August 2015.

News release: New online database reveals the artefacts of the Gallipoli Battlefield
On 24 March 2018 Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester announced the Anzac Gallipoli Archaeological Database.

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Metal object - possible fuse. Cylindrical metal object with a screw thread. Heavy. Dimple in the screw thread base (mould mark?). Ferrous oxidation. Dimensions: overall 3.2cm long x 2.4cm wide and 2.1cm diameter; screw thread is 2.1cm high/wide; dimple 0.2cm high. Weight 51g. Part of a scatter of surface finds on modern dirt track/road from Lone Pine cemetery down to the well F656. Found in Segment 3 of the road.

Anzac Gallipoli Archaeological Database