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Insight Vacations partners with CBA to uncover significant Australian battlefield site

Insight Vacations partners with CBA to uncover significant Australian battlefield site

October, 2011: Insight Vacations has announced that, as part of its commitment to The Travel Corporation Conservation Foundation, it will be sponsoring University of Glasgow’s Centre for Battlefield Archaeology on a new archaeological project on the site of the Battle of Mont Saint-Quentin in the town of Peronne in the Somme region.

The project is part of Insight Vacations’ on-going partnership with University of Glasgow’s Centre for Battlefield Archaeology, a pioneering initiative to uncover and preserve some of Europe’s most important battlefield sites.

The Battle of Mont Saint-Quentin project, which began excavation last week, is focusing on St Quentin Wood, which was the scene of intense fighting between Australian and German troops in August and September in 1918. The battle played a key role in the final defeat of the Germans on the Western Front however until now it has never been subject to any form of archaeological investigation leaving artefacts undiscovered and many questions yet to be answered.

The first season of excavation will examine the communication trench, the relationship of the main trench and support trenches, and the extent of archaeological deposits with the trench system. The project will also aim to provide a topographic survey of the site for the benefit of future site operations.

Lorraine Sharp, managing director, Insight Vacations said, “We are extremely proud of this particular partnership which is providing new understanding to the actions of Australian troops who played such a significant role in the final defeat of the Germans on the Western Front during WWI.

“In addition to carrying out an investigation into the trench system, the archaeological component of this project will provide the basis for the creation of a heritage trail which will enhance the visitor experience to the site.  Our strong link to the WWI museum in Peronne will ensure that all artefacts discovered will remain in the region for the benefit of visitors and the local community.”

The Centre for Battlefield Archaeology has earned an international reputation for innovation and excellence in the study of battlefield archaeology. In 2007, its involvement with the Australian Army helped locate previously untraced mass graves of soldiers buried at the 1916 Battle of Fromelles in France. The recently inaugurated cemetery was featured as a special visit on selected 2011 Insight Vacations tours.

Insight Vacations is a founding partner of The Travel Corporation Conservation Foundation, which supports community based projects that work towards a more sustainable tourism industry. The foundation’s priorities include projects which benefit local heritage, community and the environment.
For more information on Insight Vacations visit www.insightvacations.com or to find out more about The Travel Corporation Conservation Foundation visit www.ttcconservationfoundation.com

Media information:
Jennifer McDermott
Senior Communications Executive
The Travel Corporation Pty Ltd
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Rae White
Group Communications Manager
The Travel Corporation
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