Falklands War Mapping Project Launches

7th March 2022
Hattie Ford

Support Waterloo Uncovered's groundbreaking archaeological exploration of the Falklands Islands, offering support to and utilising the unique perspectives of veterans who fought there 40 years ago.

Waterloo Uncovered, the groundbreaking charity that combines archaeology with veteran care and recovery, will be visiting the Falkland Islands in March 2022 to begin the first intensive archaeological survey of its battlefields. What makes this trip especially poignant is that our team of expert archaeologists will be accompanied by two veterans who fought there.

Using their personal experiences, these veterans will help to provide valuable, firsthand insight to inform our understanding of the events that took place. Most importantly, we hope that the project will help them process their own personal experiences, and form a key stepping stone in their ongoing journey to recovery.

Run in collaboration with the University of Oxford, University of Glasgow and the Falkland Islands Museum & National Trust, this project will assess the character, location and condition of individual artefacts and structural features related to the conflict through foot and drone survey and recording of finds and features through the capture of GPS data, photogrammetry, and drawing.

Although Waterloo Uncovered has been taking veterans to the site of the Battle of Waterloo since 2015, this is the first time that we will be taking veterans back to the site of the battlefield on which they fought. Supporting the veteran's mental health and wellbeing will be paramount, and experienced members of our Wellbeing and Support team will be accompanying them throughout.

This is a brand new venture for Waterloo Uncovered; one that gives us a chance to support even more veterans as they recover from the traumas of war, whilst carrying out important recording of at-risk archaeology.

We would be so grateful if you could make a donation to support this exciting project that stands to benefit veterans in a meaningful and innovative way.

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