Operation Nightingale is controlled by the Ministry of Defence and is a registered trademark (UK00003192564). Operation Nightingale was an initiative to help rehabilitate injured soldiers recently returned from Afghanistan by getting them involved in archaeological investigations.
Operation Nightingale was developed to utilise both the technical and social aspects of field archaeology to help in the recovery and skill development of soldiers injured in the conflict in Afghanistan. There is a close correlation between the skills required by the modern soldier and those of the professional archaeologist. These skills include surveying, geophysics (for ordnance recovery or revealing cultural heritage sites), scrutiny of the ground (for improvised explosive devices or artefacts), site and team management, mapping, navigation and the physical ability to cope with hard manual work in often inclement weather conditions (army.mod.uk).
Breaking Ground Heritage assist in Operation Nightingale (Op N) projects by providing placements for veterans and serving members alongside any safeguarding and welfare support that maybe required. Breaking Ground Heritage also provide the logistical support to Op N projects when required.