Operation Nightingale is a ground-breaking military initiative. It utilises the technical and social aspects of field archaeology to aid the recovery and skill development of service personnel and veterans who have been injured in conflict. Coordinated by the Defence Archaeology Group, the project was established by Richard Osgood, Senior Historic Advisor with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, and Sergeant Diarmaid Walshe of 1st Battalion, The Rifles.
Wessex Archaeology has collaborated with Operation Nightingale since 2011, providing professional support on several archaeological sites and hosting work placements within our organisation. Our active volunteer team also supports the project by conducting the post-excavation processing of artefacts from Operation Nightingale sites.
Furthermore WA supported the work of Operation Nightingale through Project Florence, an exciting community engagement initiative funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.