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 year’s highlights!

Archaeological Databases and Records

In this Lockdown Lecture, Dr Stuart Eve explores how we keep track and make sense of the archaeological discoveries we make while excavating, and explains the importance of recording to preserve the past for future generations.

Ben Schoenmaker

In this episode of Visiting Historians, Liam Fitzgerald interviews Dutch historian Professor Ben Schoenmaker on the Dutch perspective of the Battle of Waterloo and the role of the Prince of Orange. Ben is the director of the Netherlands Institute of Military History (NIMH) in The Hague and a lecturer in Military History at Leiden University.

The French Break In at Hougoumont

In this Lockdown Lecture, Professor Tony Pollard explains how the French attempted to break through the North Gate of Hougoumont Farm, one of the Allies’ major defensive positions during the Battle of Waterloo.

Monuments to the Dead

Phil Harding recounts the different eras uncovered during excavation of Bulford Camp, Wiltshire, from early burials, to ring ditches, to pits with sophisticated grave goods. From there, he traces a connection from the Neolithic to the Napoleonic through his work on the battlefield of Waterloo.

Metal Detecting and Archaeology

In our latest Lockdown Lecture, Dr Stuart Eve presents a guide to metal detecting in archaeological settings; including how we utilise a team of metal detectorists on the battlefield of Waterloo and the work of the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

Historian and journalist Andrew Roberts alongside a painting of Napoleon.

Andrew Roberts

In this episode of Visiting Historians, Liam Fitzgerald interviews historian and journalist Andrew Roberts, on Napoleon’s experiences, decisions and mistakes at Waterloo. Andrew’s works on the Battle of Waterloo include Waterloo: June 18, 1815: The Battle for Modern Europe and Napoleon and Wellington: The Battle of Waterloo—And the Great Commanders Who Fought It.

A Guide to Commercial Archaeology

Waterloo Uncovered’s Archaeological Director Dr Stuart Eve, who is a founding partner of leading UK archaeological practice L-P Archaeology, gives a beginners guide to how the commercial archaeology sector works, and explains the ways you can get involved.