Archaeologists Seek Mass Graves in Waterloo Battlefield
A team of battlefield excavation experts from Belgium, Britain, France and Germany are preparing an archeological expedition to the site of the Battle of Waterloo, AFP reports. The operation marks the 200th anniversary of the British army’s famous victory over Napoleon French forces.
The specialists hope that the excavation, which starts in April, will help archaeologists and historians develop a deeper, more detailed understanding of the battle.
The project, which has been named Waterloo Uncovered, was conceptualized by two British army officers from the Coldstream Guards. The regiment, under the command of the Duke of Wellington, played a crucial role in the defeat of the French.
In a statement, Tony Pollard, head of the Centre for Battlefield Archeology at the University of Glasgow, said, “We hope archeology can provide answers to many of the questions about Waterloo that remain unanswered. These include the location of graves, which from accounts appear to have been scattered across a wide area.”
It is believed that several thousand fallen soldiers were buried in mass graves during and after the battle. The researchers hope that studying the remains will reveal details on the conditions and circumstances in which these men fought and died.
Belgian authorities in charge of the preservation of the battlefield will oversee the excavation ahead of a commemorative event to be held in the summer.
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