Interestingly, David Gurney has just had a short article published in
Norfolk Archaeology on tree graffiti from WWII. In general terms the period
1914-18 does appear to be one of the chronological graffiti 'hotspots' that
we have identified during the church surveys (along with 1939-45) when
graffiti inscriptions would be more likely to be created. In very general
terms, and based only upon our initial findings in 90 or so churches, these
chronological hotspots tend to coincide with periods when society is under
more than the usual level of stress. In essence, when things go bad people
start writing on the walls - or trees in your case.
Norfolk Medieval Graffiti Survey.
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Subject: [BRITARCH] Recently discovered World War One graffiti on trees.
Recently discovered World War One graffiti on trees.
On the site of a World War One Canadian Lumber Camp and
German Prisoner of War camp, some graffiti has been discovered; it is in the
main still readable, which is remarkable, given the passing of time.
The graffiti is on 400 year old Beach trees. On an estate
Do any members know of other sites where there is such
graffiti on trees.( same periods )
I will put up some photos on my web site once the site has
been fully recorded.