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Explore the archive of Waterloo Uncovered's content - our lectures, videos, articles, podcasts and dig diaries record our discoveries on the battlefield of Waterloo from 2015 to present day.

The Last Dig Diary of 2018

The Last Dig Diary of 2018

It has been wonderful to be on site and to be part of this amazing community. Who knew that such a diverse group of strangers could become so close in ...
Descendants: Julian and Ben Parker

Descendants: Julian and Ben Parker

Julian and Ben Parker, a father and son duo on site have a very tangible link to the battle of Waterloo. Julian, an ex army captain grew up in the ...
Descendants: Battlefield Tour

Descendants: Battlefield Tour

At Waterloo Uncovered, we often get visitors whose ancestors fought in the battle. Last Friday, we were visited by a group who toured the battlefield and came to see us ...
Dig Diary 8: New Trenches, Ancient Artefacts

Dig Diary 8: New Trenches, Ancient Artefacts

Day 8 has been an exciting day with two new trenches dug in promising places! At the end of the Dig Diary, we will give you an insight into two ...
WU People: Sam Wilson

WU People: Sam Wilson

Sam Wilson, explaining the lifecycle of a trench to participants Sam Alexander Wilson (30) is a professional archaeologist from Basingstoke. He’s been part of the Waterloo Uncovered team right from the ...
Dig Diary 7: Blazing Heat and Mystery Button

Dig Diary 7: Blazing Heat and Mystery Button

We’re getting a much clearer sense of the physical features of the battle landscape. In today’s dig diary we’re going to look at work on the wall, the search for ...
Dig Diary 6: Breaking New Ground

Dig Diary 6: Breaking New Ground

It’s Monday. The week has started again, and we are excited to be back digging. Today, there’s more evidence for how archaeology creates as many new questions as answers.  Keep ...
Dig Diary Weekend: The Past Come Back to Life

Dig Diary Weekend: The Past Come Back to Life

Waterloo Uncovered Archaeology Weekend An important part of our work is to tell people about what we do. This year, for the first time, we held an Archaeology Open Weekend, ...
WU People: Sebastiaan Loche

WU People: Sebastiaan Loche

Sebastiaan Loche, featured in front of Château d’Hougoumont WU People: Sebastiaan Loche Sebastiaan Loche (43) from Zwolle in the Netherlands, is a veteran serving in the Dutch armed forces. He ...
Dig Diary 5: Finding the Foundation and Getting Creative

Dig Diary 5: Finding the Foundation and Getting Creative

It’s Friday Finds Day! Check our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter posts to see the highlights of this week. We’ve had success at the Garden Wall excavations – read the full story below! ...
WU People: Hans Droppert

WU People: Hans Droppert

Hans Droppert, hard at work cleaning a musket ball Hans Droppert (63) is a veteran of the Dutch Royal Navy Reserve from Heinkenszand (NL). He has been cleaning and organising ...
Day 4: An Extraordinary Coincidence and the Renovation Excavation

Day 4: An Extraordinary Coincidence and the Renovation Excavation

We are starting to understand what happened inside the Northern Gate. Unfortunately, sometimes we are getting a better picture of what happened in that place around 2015 – not 1815 ...
WU People: Sylvain Robert-Malbete

WU People: Sylvain Robert-Malbete

Sylvain Robert-Malbete, learning about Hougoumont Sylvain Robert-Malbete (23) is a Coldstream Guardsman from London. He is learning more about metal detecting and Napoleonic history while excavating in the Car Park ...
WU People: Max Marwick

WU People: Max Marwick

Max Marwick with his new trowel Max Marwick (22) is a student of history at Sussex University, Brighton. After the summer, he’ll start the second year of his bachelor’s degree ...
Day 3: War Letters and the Lost Pond

Day 3: War Letters and the Lost Pond

Today, we have been working hard to make it back home in time for the match (in case you ask: England are playing Croatia in the Semi Final of the ...
WU People: Keanie Trick

WU People: Keanie Trick

Keanie Trick Keanie Trick (23) is an aircraft technician from Devon, UK. This year’s her second time on the dig. Keanie (named after actor Keanu Reeves) dreamed of a life ...
Day 2: Coins, Buttons and Promises

Day 2: Coins, Buttons and Promises

Whereas we felt so welcomed by the sun two days ago, today was a different story: the skies are grey and the temperature has dropped significantly. Anyone who has forgotten ...
Day 1: Breaking New Ground; and How to be an Archaeologist

Day 1: Breaking New Ground; and How to be an Archaeologist

The day starts off with a short debriefing. We are warned of the massive-but-noiseless cows that may suddenly appear and are easily startled. After some questionnaires we are split up ...
Day 0: It's Great to Be Back!

Day 0: It’s Great to Be Back!

It feels as if the Belgian sun could not wait to see us return, either. On the one hand this is great: we could not have wished for better weather ...
WU Archaeology Weekend FR

WU Archaeology Weekend FR

SEE THIS PAGE IN ENGLISH Week-end Archéologique 2018Champ de bataille de Waterloo, Belgique – Samedi 14 et Dimanche 15 Juillet 2018 Waterloo Uncovered (WU) est une association combinant à la ...
WU Archaeology Weekend

WU Archaeology Weekend

>>VOIR CETTE PAGE EN FRANCAIS<< WU Archaeology Weekend 2018Waterloo, Battlefield, Belgium – July 14 and 15, 2018Waterloo Uncovered (WU) is the groundbreaking charity that combines veteran support and recovery with ...
Project Review - Volume 1

Project Review – Volume 1

Get your copy of the WU Project Review! Get a hard copy! Read online Download a digital copy! One of our aims at Waterloo Uncovered is to share our stories ...
Of Living Valour: the Story of the Soldiers of Waterloo, with Sir Barney White-Spunner

Of Living Valour: the Story of the Soldiers of Waterloo, with Sir Barney White-Spunner

A Cavalry and Guards Club and Waterloo Uncovered Lecture.WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2018—6.30 TO 8.30 PM.SUGGESTED DONATION FOR ATTENDANCE £25Proceeds from this lecture will go towards Waterloo Uncovered’s continued work with ...
Rachel, Midge, and Alex in front of the gardener's house where the WU display was installed.

Outreach and Education in Belgium: September 2017

On 11 & 12 September, a small team of Waterloo Uncovered staff and participants took at trip to Belgium, to present the project to cyclists on the Help for Heroes ...
Reading to Remember 2017

Reading to Remember 2017

On July 12, 2017, the Waterloo Uncovered team banded together for a day of non-stop reading in the chapel at Hougoumont farm. Both a remembrance and fundraising event, Reading to ...
Salisbury Museum Festival of Archaeology

Salisbury Museum Festival of Archaeology

Peter Ginn was part of the Waterloo Uncovered team who took part in the Salisbury Museum Festival of Archaeology. He gives us a behind the scenes account of the event… ...
The last morning brief

Day 11 – The Last Day

It was a weird feeling coming on site this morning. The team was ready to get back to work, but at the same time, we all knew that this would ...
The group gathered for the morning briefing

Day 10 – Touring the trenches

The project is starting to come to a close. After a week and a half of digging and excavation, the teams are now in the process of recording the finds, ...
Day 9 – A Coldstream Guard's Button

Day 9 – A Coldstream Guard’s Button

The Weird-Wobbly-Wednesday-Dip has kicked in full force. People were tired, and when we arrived on site it was hot and muggy, which did not help the situation in any way ...
Looking for shade

Day 8 – Waterloo Uncovered makes the news

Water and sun cream was our main priority today. After a dreary Monday, Tuesday was sunny and hot. While the sun was much appreciated, many have said that they in ...
Getting the equipment ready for another day of digging.

Day 7 – Winter is coming

After a well-deserved weekend in which we either explored what Belgium had to offer or the poolside of the hotel, the group was ready to get back to work. Although ...
The group, gathered for briefing.

Day 6 – Today, we fight

With the prospect of a relaxing weekend, everyone was eager to start digging today. The digging continued in all of the trenches, as well as in the new trench in ...
Morning brief in the sun.

Day 5 – Watermooo Uncovered

Morning brief in the sun. After the rain we had yesterday, today was incredibly sunny. Luckily, the tents provide some shade, but Cornelius’ “don’t forget to wear sunscreen and drink ...
Day 4 - Rain and Readings

Day 4 – Rain and Readings

Today’s dig started off rainy and overcast. This, however, did not dampen morale, and everyone was excited to get digging. Tents were set up over the trenches in the courtyard ...
Day 3 - Different perspectives

Day 3 – Different perspectives

Fritz, a Dutch veteran hard at work in the formal gardens. Yesterday on our first day of digging, the first trenches to be opened were in the “Killing Zone”. The ...
Day 2 - WU Firsts! La Ferme de Mont-Saint-Jean & the new WU Podcast!

Day 2 – WU Firsts! La Ferme de Mont-Saint-Jean & the new WU Podcast!

Phil Harding whipping his team into shape! The Day 1 Dig Diary stated that the 2017 field season is a year of firsts, and not least as this year we ...
Day 1 - The Waterloo Tour

Day 1 – The Waterloo Tour

Sunday was the first official day of Waterloo Uncovered 2017! After a long journey for many of our team members (many arriving en masse by mini van on Saturday evening), ...
Waterloo Revisited with Major Gen. James Cowan

Waterloo Revisited with Major Gen. James Cowan

–Event now over– Waterloo Uncovered is organising a lecture on Thursday 20th April at the Cavalry and Guards Club, Piccadilly. We’re lucky to have Major General James Cowan, who will ...
Excavating the Killing Zone (2017)

Excavating the Killing Zone (2017)

Watch archaeologist Sam Wilson explain the work done by Waterloo Uncovered in July 2017 in the Killing Zone at Hougoumont Farm ...
Excavating at Mont-Saint-Jean (2017)

Excavating at Mont-Saint-Jean (2017)

See what we discovered in 2017 when we opened a new trench across the road from the farm and former Allied field hospital of Mont-Saint-Jean in Belgium ...
First Week at Hougoumont (2017)

First Week at Hougoumont (2017)

Listen to our Archaeological Directors summarise the first week of excavation of our 2017 season at Hougoumont ...
July 2015 Fieldwork Report

July 2015 Fieldwork Report

An Archaeological Evaluation at Hougoumont 18th – 31st July 2015 To download the report click here. This report provides an overview of the results obtained from a 2-week intensive evaluation ...
FINAL DAY

FINAL DAY

After two fantastic weeks of digging and discoveries, our excavation has come to an end. The team has been doing some great work and as Bobby said, “We worked hard, ...
killing zone trenches

Day 11 UPDATE – The final trenches

Today the final trenches were opened. They were in the east end of the killing zone and ran from the base of the garden wall to the fence which marks ...
shovelling dirt in the courtyard trench

Day 9 UPDATE – Mysteries and discoveries!

Phil’s team has been working very hard trying to find the original front wall of the building that stood against the north wall of the courtyard. They are digging a ...
Day 8 UPDATE – More info than ever before!

Day 8 UPDATE – More info than ever before!

Stu and his crew have been very busy creating a data base. They collected all the data provided by the survey team and put it all into spatial coordinates. This ...
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Day 7 UPDATE – The battle of the Somme

Today, Waterloo Uncovered visited the site of the battle of the Somme and remembered those who fought and died on those fields 100 years ago. Euan, a student from the ...
Day 6 UPDATE - Achievements so far

Day 6 UPDATE – Achievements so far

We’re now at the half way mark and our teams have done exceptionally well. Everyone’s put in a lot of work and all of the trenches have offered up interesting ...


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Explore the archive of Waterloo Uncovered's content - our lectures, videos, articles, podcasts and dig diaries record our discoveries on the battlefield of Waterloo from 2015 to present day.

Was Napoleon Near Victory at Waterloo?

Was Napoleon Near Victory at Waterloo?

Article by DM Chan, from Asia Times, July 2019 ...
Dig Diary Day 10: 2019 Recap

Dig Diary Day 10: 2019 Recap

A Cornucopia of Cornfield Finds Where have we been? A large cornfield near Mont-Saint-Jean farm. What did we find? A large amount of musket balls, a 6-inch unexploded howitzer shell ...
Dig Diary Day 9: Bombs and Buttons

Dig Diary Day 9: Bombs and Buttons

An Explosive Discovery In a field in the vicinity of Mont-Saint-Jean farm, an earth-shaking find was discovered yesterday afternoon. Serving Coldstream Guardsman Oliver Horncastle, whom you may remember as the ...
Dig Diary Day 8: Poignant Proof of the Human Cost of Battle

Dig Diary Day 8: Poignant Proof of the Human Cost of Battle

A Possible Amputation Pit? In the orchard of Mont-Saint-Jean, Waterloo Uncovered’s metal detectorists picked up a signal that indicated the presence of a large metal object, which was promptly excavated ...
Dig Diary Day 7: Military Medicine and Well Diving

Dig Diary Day 7: Military Medicine and Well Diving

Military Medicine at Mont-Saint-Jean This morning, retired consultant, curator of the Royal College of Surgeons and curator of the Military Surgical Museum at Ferme de Mont-Saint-Jean Dr Mick Crumplin kindly ...
Dig Diary Day 6: Mass Musket Balls and Scots Guard Buttons

Dig Diary Day 6: Mass Musket Balls and Scots Guard Buttons

It’s the first day of our second week here at Waterloo Uncovered! After a weekend of recovering from their exhausting hard week last week, the team are back and ready ...
Waterloo Weekend Diary: Weapons, Women and Wet Weather

Waterloo Weekend Diary: Weapons, Women and Wet Weather

#WaterlooWeekend Open Day The working week may be over, but a group of veterans, archaeologists and students donned their hi-vis jackets regardless yesterday morning. Their destination was Hougoumont farm, and ...
Dig Diary Day 5: Bringing History to Life

Dig Diary Day 5: Bringing History to Life

Redcoats Return As the first week of Waterloo Uncovered 2019 draws to a close, the sites of Hougoumont and Mont-Saint-Jean have once more been been overrun by British redcoats. Two ...
Dig Diary Day 4: Behind the Scenes

Dig Diary Day 4: Behind the Scenes

As the first fantastic week of Waterloo Uncovered 2019 nears its end, we’re taking you behind the scenes of the dig and shining a light on two often overlooked parts ...
Dig Diary Day 3: Of Reading, Remembering and Ridges

Dig Diary Day 3: Of Reading, Remembering and Ridges

Reading to Remember 2019 When Private John Peter Leonhard first laid eyes on Hougoumont farm, he recounted the utter hopelessness the sight instilled in him; “The doors were open, one ...
Dig Diary Day 2: Musket Balls at Mont-Saint-Jean

Dig Diary Day 2: Musket Balls at Mont-Saint-Jean

Evidence of Evacuation? In our freshly dug trenches along the east edge of the Mont-Saint-Jean orchard, an exciting discovery is in progress. The farm of Mont-Saint-Jean, which served as a ...
Dig Diary Day 1: Waterloo Uncovered Rides Again

Dig Diary Day 1: Waterloo Uncovered Rides Again

Battlefield Beginnings On Sunday 7th of July, the Waterloo Uncovered team gathered at the main museum on the Waterloo battlefield, Memorial 1815, to officially kick off the fifth season of ...
Waterloo Hospital Site to be Dug up by Team Including UK Veterans

Waterloo Hospital Site to be Dug up by Team Including UK Veterans

Article by Daniel Boffey, from The Guardian, June 2019 ...
Finding the Past and Present at Waterloo

Finding the Past and Present at Waterloo

Article by Ellen Hampton, History Net, July 2019 ...
Waterloo Uncovered at Chalke Valley History Festival

Waterloo Uncovered at Chalke Valley History Festival

The Duchess of Richmond’s Ball by Robert Alexander Hillingford. This year, Waterloo Uncovered and a team volunteers from UCL will, once again be at Chalke Valley History Festival. This year, ...
An Evening with Waterloo Uncovered

An Evening with Waterloo Uncovered

An evening of entertainment at The Royal Hospital Chelsea, and chance to support Waterloo Uncovered. 6th November 2018. 18.30 to 20.30 ...
The Last Dig Diary of 2018

The Last Dig Diary of 2018

It has been wonderful to be on site and to be part of this amazing community. Who knew that such a diverse group of strangers could become so close in ...
Descendants: Julian and Ben Parker

Descendants: Julian and Ben Parker

Julian and Ben Parker, a father and son duo on site have a very tangible link to the battle of Waterloo. Julian, an ex army captain grew up in the ...
Descendants: Battlefield Tour

Descendants: Battlefield Tour

At Waterloo Uncovered, we often get visitors whose ancestors fought in the battle. Last Friday, we were visited by a group who toured the battlefield and came to see us ...
Dig Diary 8: New Trenches, Ancient Artefacts

Dig Diary 8: New Trenches, Ancient Artefacts

Day 8 has been an exciting day with two new trenches dug in promising places! At the end of the Dig Diary, we will give you an insight into two ...
WU People: Sam Wilson

WU People: Sam Wilson

Sam Wilson, explaining the lifecycle of a trench to participants Sam Alexander Wilson (30) is a professional archaeologist from Basingstoke. He’s been part of the Waterloo Uncovered team right from the ...
Dig Diary 7: Blazing Heat and Mystery Button

Dig Diary 7: Blazing Heat and Mystery Button

We’re getting a much clearer sense of the physical features of the battle landscape. In today’s dig diary we’re going to look at work on the wall, the search for ...
Dig Diary 6: Breaking New Ground

Dig Diary 6: Breaking New Ground

It’s Monday. The week has started again, and we are excited to be back digging. Today, there’s more evidence for how archaeology creates as many new questions as answers.  Keep ...
Dig Diary Weekend: The Past Come Back to Life

Dig Diary Weekend: The Past Come Back to Life

Waterloo Uncovered Archaeology Weekend An important part of our work is to tell people about what we do. This year, for the first time, we held an Archaeology Open Weekend, ...
WU People: Sebastiaan Loche

WU People: Sebastiaan Loche

Sebastiaan Loche, featured in front of Château d’Hougoumont WU People: Sebastiaan Loche Sebastiaan Loche (43) from Zwolle in the Netherlands, is a veteran serving in the Dutch armed forces. He ...
Dig Diary 5: Finding the Foundation and Getting Creative

Dig Diary 5: Finding the Foundation and Getting Creative

It’s Friday Finds Day! Check our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter posts to see the highlights of this week. We’ve had success at the Garden Wall excavations – read the full story below! ...
WU People: Hans Droppert

WU People: Hans Droppert

Hans Droppert, hard at work cleaning a musket ball Hans Droppert (63) is a veteran of the Dutch Royal Navy Reserve from Heinkenszand (NL). He has been cleaning and organising ...
Day 4: An Extraordinary Coincidence and the Renovation Excavation

Day 4: An Extraordinary Coincidence and the Renovation Excavation

We are starting to understand what happened inside the Northern Gate. Unfortunately, sometimes we are getting a better picture of what happened in that place around 2015 – not 1815 ...
WU People: Sylvain Robert-Malbete

WU People: Sylvain Robert-Malbete

Sylvain Robert-Malbete, learning about Hougoumont Sylvain Robert-Malbete (23) is a Coldstream Guardsman from London. He is learning more about metal detecting and Napoleonic history while excavating in the Car Park ...
WU People: Max Marwick

WU People: Max Marwick

Max Marwick with his new trowel Max Marwick (22) is a student of history at Sussex University, Brighton. After the summer, he’ll start the second year of his bachelor’s degree ...
Day 3: War Letters and the Lost Pond

Day 3: War Letters and the Lost Pond

Today, we have been working hard to make it back home in time for the match (in case you ask: England are playing Croatia in the Semi Final of the ...
WU People: Keanie Trick

WU People: Keanie Trick

Keanie Trick Keanie Trick (23) is an aircraft technician from Devon, UK. This year’s her second time on the dig. Keanie (named after actor Keanu Reeves) dreamed of a life ...
Day 2: Coins, Buttons and Promises

Day 2: Coins, Buttons and Promises

Whereas we felt so welcomed by the sun two days ago, today was a different story: the skies are grey and the temperature has dropped significantly. Anyone who has forgotten ...
Day 1: Breaking New Ground; and How to be an Archaeologist

Day 1: Breaking New Ground; and How to be an Archaeologist

The day starts off with a short debriefing. We are warned of the massive-but-noiseless cows that may suddenly appear and are easily startled. After some questionnaires we are split up ...
Day 0: It's Great to Be Back!

Day 0: It’s Great to Be Back!

It feels as if the Belgian sun could not wait to see us return, either. On the one hand this is great: we could not have wished for better weather ...
WU Archaeology Weekend FR

WU Archaeology Weekend FR

SEE THIS PAGE IN ENGLISH Week-end Archéologique 2018Champ de bataille de Waterloo, Belgique – Samedi 14 et Dimanche 15 Juillet 2018 Waterloo Uncovered (WU) est une association combinant à la ...
WU Archaeology Weekend

WU Archaeology Weekend

>>VOIR CETTE PAGE EN FRANCAIS<< WU Archaeology Weekend 2018Waterloo, Battlefield, Belgium – July 14 and 15, 2018Waterloo Uncovered (WU) is the groundbreaking charity that combines veteran support and recovery with ...
Project Review - Volume 1

Project Review – Volume 1

Get your copy of the WU Project Review! Get a hard copy! Read online Download a digital copy! One of our aims at Waterloo Uncovered is to share our stories ...
Of Living Valour: the Story of the Soldiers of Waterloo, with Sir Barney White-Spunner

Of Living Valour: the Story of the Soldiers of Waterloo, with Sir Barney White-Spunner

A Cavalry and Guards Club and Waterloo Uncovered Lecture.WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2018—6.30 TO 8.30 PM.SUGGESTED DONATION FOR ATTENDANCE £25Proceeds from this lecture will go towards Waterloo Uncovered’s continued work with ...
Rachel, Midge, and Alex in front of the gardener's house where the WU display was installed.

Outreach and Education in Belgium: September 2017

On 11 & 12 September, a small team of Waterloo Uncovered staff and participants took at trip to Belgium, to present the project to cyclists on the Help for Heroes ...


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