Dig Diaries



Read about what we've been up to, both on-site and off, and get up to date on all the latest Waterloo Uncovered news.


Four reenactors from His Majesty's 33rd Regiment of Foot stand on top of a hill with a view over the countryside

August Dig Diary

Find out what we've been up to this summer, including an updates on our programmes and summer events, and a highly successful 1815 Challenge! ...
Veteran Jo Clark, the Sutton Hoo helmet, and Napoleon Bonaparte

June Dig Diary

In this month's Dig Diary, we mark the bicentenary of Napoleon's death, observe Mental Health Awareness Week, and fill you in on how the British Museum team got involved in our Virtual Programme! ...
Three images, of Gyles Brandreth, a fallen chestnut, and a participant on the Battlefields Uncovered course respectively

Spring Dig Diary

In this month's Dig Diary, we fill you in on the loss of one of the last surviving witnesses of Waterloo, shine a spotlight on our 2021 programmes including Battlefields Uncovered; and recap our successful ...
New Year's Dig Diary

New Year’s Dig Diary

In the first Dig Diary of 2021, we learn how one of our veteran participants has been helping in the fight against COVID as a tester; how Waterloo Uncovered has inspired an archaeology degree; and ...
December Dig Diary

December Dig Diary

In the last Dig Diary of 2020, we review a challenging but successful year, and look ahead to the future of Waterloo Uncovered ...
November Dig Diary

November Dig Diary

In this special fundraising edition of Waterloo Uncovered's Dig Diary, we bring you news of a brave skydiving challenge, our plans for a word record breaking relay on the Rock of Gibraltar, and a very ...
October Dig Diary

October Dig Diary

In this month's dig diary, we look at the effect coronavirus has had on archaeology, update you on an upcoming miniature model of Waterloo, and tell you about our future plans with the Taxi Charity ...
July Dig Diary

July Dig Diary

Read on to find out what Waterloo Uncovered have been up to in July, including our nomination for a Charity Times Award, test pitting in our gardens, a graduation, and a look back at last ...
June Dig Diary Part 2

June Dig Diary Part 2

Catch up on the latest Waterloo Uncovered news including a new comic, a look back at #WaterlooWeek and an update on our Summer School programme ...
June Dig Diary Part 1

June Dig Diary Part 1

Catch up on the latest Waterloo Uncovered news, including your chance to get involved in creating a large scale diorama of Waterloo; an update on our 2.6 Challenge campaign; and the launch of our brand ...
April Dig Diary

April Dig Diary

Welcome to the April edition of Waterloo Uncovered's Dig Diary! Read on to find out what the WU family have been up to, including an exciting TV appearance, a new PhD project, volunteering during the ...
Spring Dig Diary

Spring Dig Diary

WU's Spring Update - find out about what we've been up to in 2020... from being published to winning awards, it's all go! ...
Winter Dig Diary

Winter Dig Diary

This Winter, we've been busy! Catch up with all the Waterloo Uncovered news today ...
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 and coins and buttons likely ...
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 lucky man who discovered both ...
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 by a team of archaeologists, ...
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 gave our veterans, archaeologists and ...
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 to do it all over ...
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 not even a brief spell ...
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 members of Coldstream Guards 1815 ...
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 of the team: the specialists ...
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 could see the freshly broken ...
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 field hospital during the fighting, ...
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 the project. As always, an ...
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 only two (intense) weeks? Thank ...
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 more highlighted finds of 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 a hedge, and more news ...
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 reading to see what we’ve ...
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, aimed at the local community ...
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! Joining us on site are ...
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. Tomorrow, we will dig to ...
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 Football World Cup). New trenches ...
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 to bring their amazing Waterloo ...
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 into our groups for the ...
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 to visit the Château d’Hougoumont, ...
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 be our last day at ...
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, finalising the drawings and graphs ...
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. The temperature dropped considerably after ...
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 fact preferred the rain. Despite ...
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 weather was drab and ...
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 the orchard and at Mont ...
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 enough water” is still the ...
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 and the garden, which let ...
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 Killing Zone has been a ...
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 are digging at not one, ...
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), everyone settled in and finally ...
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, but laughed hard as well!” ...
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 the southern edge of the ...
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 new trench at a location ...
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 is then used to orientate ...
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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 University of Glasgow, organized 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 archaeology. Before we left site for ...
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 passionate about the battlefield his ...
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 this trench is much better ...
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. Emily’s team cleaning the sunken ...
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 to heavy rainfall the previous ...
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 and the UK, all with ...
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 way home early tomorrow morning.  It’s ...
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 head home, but before then ...
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 have worked, lived, fought and ...
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 a bit of cleaning up ...
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 few of the highlights from ...
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 past the North of Hougoumont ...
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 put up a fence like ...
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 Killing ground, a small area ...
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 the farm complex, particularly the ...


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Dig Diaries



Read about what we've been up to, both on-site and off, and get up to date on all the latest Waterloo Uncovered news.


August Dig Diary

Four reenactors from His Majesty's 33rd Regiment of Foot stand on top of a hill with a view over the countryside
Find out what we've been up to this summer, including an updates on our programmes and summer events, and a highly successful 1815 Challenge! ...

June Dig Diary

Veteran Jo Clark, the Sutton Hoo helmet, and Napoleon Bonaparte
In this month's Dig Diary, we mark the bicentenary of Napoleon's death, observe Mental Health Awareness Week, and fill you in on how the British ...

Spring Dig Diary

Three images, of Gyles Brandreth, a fallen chestnut, and a participant on the Battlefields Uncovered course respectively
In this month's Dig Diary, we fill you in on the loss of one of the last surviving witnesses of Waterloo, shine a spotlight on ...

New Year’s Dig Diary

New Year's Dig Diary
In the first Dig Diary of 2021, we learn how one of our veteran participants has been helping in the fight against COVID as a ...

December Dig Diary

December Dig Diary
In the last Dig Diary of 2020, we review a challenging but successful year, and look ahead to the future of Waterloo Uncovered ...

November Dig Diary

November Dig Diary
In this special fundraising edition of Waterloo Uncovered's Dig Diary, we bring you news of a brave skydiving challenge, our plans for a word record ...

October Dig Diary

October Dig Diary
In this month's dig diary, we look at the effect coronavirus has had on archaeology, update you on an upcoming miniature model of Waterloo, and ...

July Dig Diary

July Dig Diary
Read on to find out what Waterloo Uncovered have been up to in July, including our nomination for a Charity Times Award, test pitting in ...

June Dig Diary Part 2

June Dig Diary Part 2
Catch up on the latest Waterloo Uncovered news including a new comic, a look back at #WaterlooWeek and an update on our Summer School programme ...

June Dig Diary Part 1

June Dig Diary Part 1
Catch up on the latest Waterloo Uncovered news, including your chance to get involved in creating a large scale diorama of Waterloo; an update on ...

April Dig Diary

April Dig Diary
Welcome to the April edition of Waterloo Uncovered's Dig Diary! Read on to find out what the WU family have been up to, including an ...

Spring Dig Diary

Spring Dig Diary
WU's Spring Update - find out about what we've been up to in 2020... from being published to winning awards, it's all go! ...

Winter Dig Diary

Winter Dig Diary
This Winter, we've been busy! Catch up with all the Waterloo Uncovered news today ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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; ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 – ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Day 11 – The Last Day

The last morning brief
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 ...

Day 10 – Touring the trenches

The group gathered for the morning briefing
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 ...

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 ...

Day 8 – Waterloo Uncovered makes the news

Looking for shade
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 ...

Day 7 – Winter is coming

Getting the equipment ready for another day of digging.
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 ...

Day 6 – Today, we fight

The group, gathered for briefing.
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 ...

Day 5 – Watermooo Uncovered

Morning brief in the sun.
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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Day 11 UPDATE – The final trenches

killing zone 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 ...

Day 9 UPDATE – Mysteries and discoveries!

shovelling dirt in the courtyard trench
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 ...

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 ...

Day 7 UPDATE – The battle of the Somme

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Day 4 UPDATE – Uncovering trench 45

Phil's team working on 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 ...

Day 3 UPDATE – Reading to remember

Emily's team cleaning the sunken way
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 ...

Day 2 UPDATE – BRICK WALLS AND MUSKET BALLS

morning briefing in the garden of Hougoumont
“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 ...

Day 1 UPDATE – Back at it again!

Our team of supervisors
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, ...

Final Day

the 2015 team
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 ...

Day 10 update – The great debate

Piece of grape shot
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 ...

Day 9 update- A few finds

the mystery object
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 ...

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

Phil Harding, President of Defence Archaeology Group
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 ...

Day 5 update – a recap on last week

Eva and Tony with the battle era bottle
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 ...

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

Matthew Clay
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 ...

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

A Belgium Blue cow
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 ...

Day 2 update – Ready, aim, fire!

French musket ball with brick dust
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 ...

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

Metal detector explores the Great Orchard
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 ...


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