Excavation 2022: Return to Waterloo
Dig Diaries: 2022
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In 2022, we were elated to return to the battlefield for the first time since 2019 with a team of 100 people, including 20 veterans and serving personnel from 4 different countries, and a welfare team of medical professionals. But excavation - and all the travel, food, equipment, accommodation and more it requires - comes at a cost.
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This summer, we were given exclusive access to dig in the village of Plancenoit for the first time!
We explored this site looking for evidence of the bloody, back-and-forth fighting between Prussian and French troops that took place here, as the village continuously changed hands. The Prussian victory served as a major turning point in the battle, but has often been overlooked in historical accounts of the battle.
We also returned to Mont-Saint-Jean, which served as the Allies main field hospital during the Battle of Waterloo. Over the course of the Bbttle, it's estimated that some 6000 men were treated at Mont-Saint-Jean, and a gruesome 500 limb amputations were carried out.
When we first began excavating at Mont-Saint-Jean in 2019, we discovered a pit of amputated limbs, alongside evidence of the brutal nearby battle including an unexploded howitzer shell, a 6lb cannon ball, and hundreds of musket balls.