Uncovering secrets from beyond the grave (WW I)

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The tools of his trade range from earthmovers and shovels to the finest brushes, surgical tweezers and dentists' mirrors -- and his job is to uncover secrets from beyond the grave.

Trained on the Srebrenica war crimes investigation in Bosnia and probing atrocities in war-torn Iraq, Roland Wessling is one of a dozen forensic anthropologists brought in to excavate a World War I mass grave.

For the next five months the 39-year-old German will be fine-combing a muddy field outside the northern French village of Fromelles to recover and where possible identify the bodies of hundreds of Australian and British soldiers.

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