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How to determine a mortarpit?

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    I have basic understanding of archeology and am willing to learn more how to detect landmarks more accurately. Finding big dips in the soil is easy, but how to know for sure it was a real mortarpit without digging? What to look for when searching for mortar pits?

    I took this picture of a big dip within a few feet away from a large bunker. It could be a crash site, but could also be a mortarpit, or simply something else entirely different. Are there any specifics to determine it is a real mortarpit, like it's location, position and indication of dense/less dense forests and shrubs? and would it survive all these years?



    Note: The big dip was larger and deeper than it appears on the photograph.

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    Here is a link to German field positions including Mortars,

    German Field Fortifications on the Eastern Front

    It's difficult to say from your photo what type of position this may be !!

    regards

    Paul
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Thank you Paul! very interesting website!

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    Hi Sasha,
    Good spotting, can you use a metal detecter there if so you may find some nice pieces.
    Keep us posted.
    dave.

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