Operation Nightingale unearths thoursands of artifacts on Salisbury plain

A team of volunteers from Operation Nightingale, a project to give soldiers recovering from injuries in Afghanistan a chance to gains new skills and interests, has unearthed an "astonishing" haul of artifacts on the Salisbury Plain.

The soldiers excavated a barrow and made the surprising discovery of Saxon warrior burials, including the remains of one buried with a shield over his head, a sign of respect. "I have been to war myself and I can imagine what the soldier would have felt as he went into battle," said volunteer Mike Kelly.