Waterloo Uncovered: The Bones of the Battlefield
History that Deserves to be Heard • 22m
A major breaking story on History Hit.
Incredibly rare bones of men and horses have been discovered in July 2022 at the Waterloo Battlefield - and History Hit has been there to record the excavations as they unfold.
The veterans support charity 'Waterloo Uncovered' returned to the Waterloo battlefield in Belgium to conduct its first archaeological excavation since 2019, and over the past week have unearthed some fascinating discoveries - including an incredibly rare skeleton. It supports the shocking reports that most of the dead from elsewhere on the battlefield were hastily buried and then dug up and ground into fertiliser.
James Rogers is onsite for History Hit at the Mont-Saint-Jean farm excavation, a field hospital, where the skeletons of combatants and horses (as well as amputated limbs) have been found. These are incredibly rare discoveries on a Napoleonic battlefield and bring us closer to the harsh realities of the bitter fighting. James also visits the site of the famous ‘reverse slope’ where detectorists are discovering musket balls and parts of uniforms.
It all helps to create a complete picture of the reality of this monumental battle that changed history - and History Hit will be there every step of the way as the story continues to unfold over the months and years to come.
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