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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.

Day 5 UPDATE - special guests and excellent archeology!

Day 5 UPDATE – special guests and excellent archeology!

Today we had a surprise visit from the Duke of Wellington! He first visited to Hougoumont was with his grandfather 58 years ago, and ever since then he has been ...
Phil's team working on trench 45

Day 4 UPDATE – Uncovering trench 45

David Ulke, an ex-RAF nursing officer, is one of the team excavating trench 45 in the courtyard under the supervision of Phil Harding. The survival of the building remains in ...
Emily's team cleaning the sunken way

Day 3 UPDATE – Reading to remember

We’re on day 3 of our two week dig and things are going great! Everybody’s working hard on the unravelling of the battle and our work is paying off nicely ...
morning briefing in the garden of Hougoumont

Day 2 UPDATE – BRICK WALLS AND MUSKET BALLS

“Yesterday, I felt a bit like Napoleon,” said Tony Pollard with a smile. The reason was because the battle in 1815 didn’t start off until later in the day, due ...
Our team of supervisors

Day 1 UPDATE – Back at it again!

So here we are! The Waterloo Uncovered team of 2016 has found its way back to Belgium. We’ve got people from all over the place, including France, Germany, the Netherlands ...
Return to Hougoumont (2016)

Return to Hougoumont (2016)

Learn what archaeological discoveries we made upon our return to Hougoumont in 2016 for our second year of excavation, with Professor Tony Pollard ...
Waterloo Uncovered Lecture 2015

Waterloo Uncovered Lecture 2015

21 September 2015 Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, London W1S 1SR 1800 for champagne reception. 1900 lecture begins. Join us at Bonhams. London, on 21 September for the Waterloo Uncovered Lecture ...
the 2015 team

Final Day

Just a (very) short post today. More results to follow next week as we process our finds, thoughts and theories. After a log day backfilling trenches, we’re packed up and on our ...
Piece of grape shot

Day 10 update – The great debate

We’re moving towards the end of our second week at Hougoumont Farm and the time just seems to fly by. Before we know it, it will soon be time to ...
the mystery object

Day 9 update- A few finds

The finds coming out of Hougoumont Farm tell many different stories, some of battles, some of home life and some of modern life. It makes you appreciate how many people ...
Phil Harding, President of Defence Archaeology Group

Day 8 update – Digging in the rain, just digging in the rain

Phil Harding, President of Defence Archaeology Group There are positives to digging in the rain… no really there are! Firstly, the rain changes the look of the soil and with ...
Eva and Tony with the battle era bottle

Day 5 update – a recap on last week

We’re back for another week of excavating after a much needed rest over the weekend but before we launch into new discoveries and points for discussion let’s recap over a ...
Matthew Clay

Day 4 update – Have we found Clay’s ammunition?

Day 4 of our two week dig and we’ve turned our attention to an area that is referred to as the sunken way, a ditch that runs East to West ...
A Belgium Blue cow

Day 3 update – Bottles, Brick pathways and a Belgium Blue

Things are really taking shape here at Hougoumont as we reach day 3 although sharing a field full of Belgium Blues certainly creates a few challenges. Even after we had ...
French musket ball with brick dust

Day 2 update – Ready, aim, fire!

French musket ball with brick dust Whilst we continue to explore our trenches in the walled garden a lot of our attention has been on the area known as the ...
Metal detector explores the Great Orchard

Day 1 update – We’re back and the finds are ‘firing’ in!

The countdown is over, we’re finally here at Hougoumont Farm and it feels so good to back. What was instantly noticeable since our visit in April was the development of ...
Allied-eye-view of the French assault?

Fieldwork objectives, July 2015

Summary of fieldwork objectives, July 2015 Allied-eye-view of the French assault? The forthcoming fieldwork will build upon the results of the evaluation in April. An important objective of this two-week ...
Waterloo dig aims to help soldiers readjusting to civilian life

Waterloo dig aims to help soldiers readjusting to civilian life

Article by Carey Reed, from PBS News, May 2015 ...

YouTube channel now live!

Watch videos about Waterloo Uncovered on our new YouTube channel (search Waterloo Uncovered on YouTube). We’ll be posting content from our April recce and from the excavations in July. Enjoy! ...
Musket balls discovered from first shots fired at Battle of Waterloo

Musket balls discovered from first shots fired at Battle of Waterloo

Article by Camilla Turner, from The Telegraph, April 2015 ...
Geophys results

Geophys results

We’ve got some of the first geophys results in – courtesy of our colleagues at Ghent University. Here is a map showing a minimally processed, preliminary survey results (electrical conductivity ...
A first hand account of developments at Hougoumont

A first hand account of developments at Hougoumont

For an opening salvo, it hasn’t been half bad. The Waterloo Uncovered team has been hard at it for three days now, and already Hougoumont farm is starting to yield up some of its ...
2015 summary

Our First Excavation (2015)

Professor Tony Pollard gives an overview of Waterloo Uncovered's first ever season of excavation at Hougoumont Farm, which took place in July 2015 ...
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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.

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 ...
Day 5 UPDATE - special guests and excellent archeology!

Day 5 UPDATE – special guests and excellent archeology!

Today we had a surprise visit from the Duke of Wellington! He first visited to Hougoumont was with his grandfather 58 years ago, and ever since then he has been ...
Phil's team working on trench 45

Day 4 UPDATE – Uncovering trench 45

David Ulke, an ex-RAF nursing officer, is one of the team excavating trench 45 in the courtyard under the supervision of Phil Harding. The survival of the building remains in ...
Emily's team cleaning the sunken way

Day 3 UPDATE – Reading to remember

We’re on day 3 of our two week dig and things are going great! Everybody’s working hard on the unravelling of the battle and our work is paying off nicely ...
morning briefing in the garden of Hougoumont

Day 2 UPDATE – BRICK WALLS AND MUSKET BALLS

“Yesterday, I felt a bit like Napoleon,” said Tony Pollard with a smile. The reason was because the battle in 1815 didn’t start off until later in the day, due ...
Our team of supervisors

Day 1 UPDATE – Back at it again!

So here we are! The Waterloo Uncovered team of 2016 has found its way back to Belgium. We’ve got people from all over the place, including France, Germany, the Netherlands ...
Return to Hougoumont (2016)

Return to Hougoumont (2016)

Learn what archaeological discoveries we made upon our return to Hougoumont in 2016 for our second year of excavation, with Professor Tony Pollard ...
Waterloo Uncovered Lecture 2015

Waterloo Uncovered Lecture 2015

21 September 2015 Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, London W1S 1SR 1800 for champagne reception. 1900 lecture begins. Join us at Bonhams. London, on 21 September for the Waterloo Uncovered Lecture ...
the 2015 team

Final Day

Just a (very) short post today. More results to follow next week as we process our finds, thoughts and theories. After a log day backfilling trenches, we’re packed up and on our ...
Piece of grape shot

Day 10 update – The great debate

We’re moving towards the end of our second week at Hougoumont Farm and the time just seems to fly by. Before we know it, it will soon be time to ...
the mystery object

Day 9 update- A few finds

The finds coming out of Hougoumont Farm tell many different stories, some of battles, some of home life and some of modern life. It makes you appreciate how many people ...
Phil Harding, President of Defence Archaeology Group

Day 8 update – Digging in the rain, just digging in the rain

Phil Harding, President of Defence Archaeology Group There are positives to digging in the rain… no really there are! Firstly, the rain changes the look of the soil and with ...
Eva and Tony with the battle era bottle

Day 5 update – a recap on last week

We’re back for another week of excavating after a much needed rest over the weekend but before we launch into new discoveries and points for discussion let’s recap over a ...
Matthew Clay

Day 4 update – Have we found Clay’s ammunition?

Day 4 of our two week dig and we’ve turned our attention to an area that is referred to as the sunken way, a ditch that runs East to West ...
A Belgium Blue cow

Day 3 update – Bottles, Brick pathways and a Belgium Blue

Things are really taking shape here at Hougoumont as we reach day 3 although sharing a field full of Belgium Blues certainly creates a few challenges. Even after we had ...
French musket ball with brick dust

Day 2 update – Ready, aim, fire!

French musket ball with brick dust Whilst we continue to explore our trenches in the walled garden a lot of our attention has been on the area known as the ...
Metal detector explores the Great Orchard

Day 1 update – We’re back and the finds are ‘firing’ in!

The countdown is over, we’re finally here at Hougoumont Farm and it feels so good to back. What was instantly noticeable since our visit in April was the development of ...


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