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Last week’s survey of subsurface anomalies at Mainz-Kastel Storage Station found an empty cellar but no unexploded ordnance, a Wiesbaden community spokeswoman said Monday.

The excavation, conducted Jan. 24-25, focused on four sites identified in November during preparatory work for a communication system upgrade. At the time, a radar and magnetic scan led a geologist to recommend the areas be dug up to learn if the “four anomalies” were unexploded ordnance from World War II.

During last week’s excavation work, Army authorities closed the installation. The European headquarters staff of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service was among those on post told to stay home. In the end, the work crew found only discarded construction material, said Anemone Rueger, spokeswoman for the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden.

Local officials believe the metallic pieces were left over from an earlier construction project.

The most interesting find was a small, empty cellar, Rueger said. A German preservationist later reviewed pictures of the cellar and found nothing historically significant to delay work on the communications project. Rueger said the cellar will be covered over with dirt.


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