weekends work at Hougoumont with the BBC and representatives of the three foot guards regiments who fought there in 1815

Dominique Bosquet (Archaeological Director) explaining the finds to the BBC

Dominique Bosquet (Archaeological Director) explaining the finds to the BBC

This weekend, Waterloo Uncovered returned to the Hougoumont site on Waterloo battlefield to excavate a small evaluation trench across a geophysical anomaly identified by our team from the University of Ghent. Assisting in the exercise were three representatives of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd foot guards regiments which took part in the defence of the farm on 18 June 1815 (now known as the Grenadier, Coldstream and Scots Guards). The work was overseen by Waterloo Uncovered’s Archaeology Directors: Dominique Bosquet SPW (Wallonian Heritage Service) and Dr Tony Pollard (Centre for Battlefield Archaeology, University of Glasgow). Limited excavation confirmed the presence of a pit-like feature cut through the make-up of a roughly made track known to cross the formal garden, the walls of which were defended by British and allied soldier rs during the battle. Excavation ceased with the definition of two edges of the feature, which might post-date the battle by some years. The results add to the body of knowledge obtained during the week-long evaluation carried out in April and will help to inform the programme of work set to take place over two weeks in July. The work was filmed by a crew from BBC television and will be included in a segment on Waterloo Uncovered to be broadcast later this month.

The team - L-R Dominique Bousquet, Tony Pollard, LCpl Lewis Wybrow (Grenadier Guards), Robert Cummings (Scots Guards), Mark Evans and Gdsm Sean Douglas (Coldstream Guards)

The team – L-R Dominique Bousquet, Tony Pollard, LCpl Lewis Wybrow (Grenadier Guards), Robert Cummings (Scots Guards), Mark Evans and Gdsm Sean Douglas (Coldstream Guards)

 

Tony Pollard (Archaeological Director) supervising digging.

Tony Pollard (Archaeological Director) supervising digging.