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Radar reveals Gallipoli trenches

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 20/04/2016

Ground-penetrating radar has been used to map Gallipoli trenches for the first time.

A team of New Zealand, Australian and Turkish experts used it to develop a comprehensive archaeological survey of the battlefield.

Their research has been published in a book titled Anzac Battlefield: A Gallipoli Landscape of War and Memory.

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry says the team mapped about 20km of remnant trench lines, uncovering artefacts including bullets and bayonets.

"These discoveries enabled the authors to shed new light on the environment in which Anzac and Turkish soldiers endured the Gallipoli conflict," she said on Thursday.

Anzac Day is on Monday, and Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee is on his way to Gallipoli to represent the government at commemorations on the site where 2779 New Zealanders were killed and 4852 wounded in World War 1.

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