Waterloo bones find their way back to the battlefield

Waterloo bones find their way back to the battlefield
Credit: Domaine de la bataille de Waterloo.

The bones of British and Prussian soldiers killed in the battle of Waterloo have been located in three private homes in Belgium – a major discovery as the remains of the 50,000 soldiers killed that day are extremely rare, with only two having been found on-site so far.

The news came on Tuesday morning, five months after the team scientists and the lead historian Bernard Wilkin spoke out about the mass grave lootings on the site of the battle.

Dr Wilkin had just finished giving a lecture at Waterloo when he was approached by a collector who admitted to having "a few Prussians" in his attic.

This was the first of a series of discoveries which has so far led to ten bodies being found. One of the skeletons was on display in a woman's living room.

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Analysing the human remains will provide considerable scientific insight into the historic event, a press release from Domaine de la bataille de Waterloo wrote. Thanks to cutting-edge technology, detailed research can be carried out including 3D modelling of the men's faces to studying the bones to find out about the wounds.

In this way, the Battle of Waterloo proves itself to be an incredible catalyst for historical, archaeological and anthropological studies, even 200 years after the event.

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