Archaeologists have completed the excavation of a scale model of a World War I battlefield in Staffordshire. The mock-up of the village and surrounding area of Messines in Belgium was built in Brocton on Cannock Chase as a training aid for soldiers.

It was also maintained as a memorial to soldiers who died in the Battle of Messines Ridge in June 1917. County Council archaeologists have now begun photographing and using a laser-scanner to make a 3D computer model.

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