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Lost untouched WWII battlefield found, including war dead

A lost WWII battlefield has been found, lying untouched, in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, including the bodies of Japanese soldiers who died there 70 years ago. Some of the photos from the site are pretty amazing.

Former army Capt. Brian Freeman, an expert on the Kokoda Trail – a 60-mile trek through rugged mountainous country and rainforest of the island – said Monday he was led to the Eora Creek battle site where he found the remains of the soldiers.

The site about half a mile from the village of Eora Creek was believed to be the location of the last major battle that was pivotal in Australia’s campaign against the Japanese in Papau New Guinea.

Although the site was known to local villages, jungles reclaimed it after the battle of Eora Creek. Although locals hunted on the plateau surrounding the site, they avoided the 600-square-meter battle ground because of a belief that spirits of the dead were still present in the “lost battlefield.”

What this means is that the site has apparently remained untouched since 1942.

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6 thoughts on “Lost untouched WWII battlefield found, including war dead

  1. Wow, this is an amazing find. As an archaeologist myself, I would love to be able to excavate a site like this, especially the human remains. I hope that they are able to identify the soldiers and send them home to their families.

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