Excavations begin on the Waterloo battlefield

Excavations begin on the Waterloo battlefield

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The place where the battle of waterloo It has become fashionable again after 200 years of the event that changed the course of history. This place, declared as European Heritage in 1914, is the only one that has been completely preserved as a protected area, but despite this it is a corner that can be visited.

Recently, the head of an international and multidisciplinary team of archaeologists specialized in militarism, has announced a start of some excavations at Waterloo, very close to Brussels, coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the battle that led to the fall of Napoleon Bonaparte.

The excavations will begin next April and according to Tony Pollard, director of the archaeological center of battlefields belonging to the University of Glasgow, the results obtained will allow a much better understanding of how the battle itself developed, which happened on June 18. of the year 1815 and from which the troops of the British Duke of Wellington were victorious.

The result of the battle was disastrous for the French troops, which made Napoleon find his bones in exile, exactly in the St. Helena Island Prison, where he died six years later.

Napoleon Bonaparte's powerful troops were defeated by those of the Duke of Wellington and also by those of the Prussian Marshal Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, in one of the battles that are considered the most fierce and where thousands and thousands of soldiers from both sides died, turning this area into a trail of blood and pain about 200 years ago.

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The work that will be carried out during the excavations, which will begin in a few weeks, will be done with the most modern means available today and the main objective is to try to find the mass graves where thousands of fallen soldiers belonging to both are buried. sides and that they will be able to contribute a great volume of information on the warlike fight.

As Tony Pollard stated, this operation is called Waterloo Uncovered, something like "Waterloo exposed”, And a large number of archaeologists of different nationalities such as British, Belgian, French and also German will participate in it, which shows that we are facing a project of great importance and from which many good results are expected to gradually fill in the puzzle of the most modern history of man, which although it is documented, there are still some gaps.

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