World War I trenches unearthed at Camp Dodge

KIMT WEB News

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa National Guard Base at Camp Dodge in Johnston has quite a history dating back to World War I.

Excavation is underway at the camp as part of an archaeological dig to learn more about the World War I trench complexes built for training soldiers.

Camp Dodge was one of 16 U.S. Army installations across the country to be transformed for training from 1917 to 1919. The camp was originally established in 1909.

During World War I, about 120,000 soldiers trained at Camp Dodge. Recently, training trenches were discovered by analyzing modern satellite imagery.

The first phase of the archaeological dig began last week.

An archaeologist, environmental specialist, and historians are showing reporters Wednesday what they’ve found to help tell the history unearthed at the camp.

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