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Rare remains of soldier found at Waterloo (The History Blog)

An interesting history-related post from The History Blog:

Skeleton found in shallow grave on the field of WaterlooLast Friday, June 8th, Belgian archaeologists unearthed the skeletal remains of a soldier killed during the Battle of Waterloo on June 18, 1815. Buried under just 15 inches of soil, the position of the skeleton suggests the young man died where he fell and was hastily covered with a thin layer of dirt, probably by his comrades. This is a very rare find. The victorious armies cleared the battlefield of their dead, and the defeated French were eventually buried on site in mass graves. It’s the first time in a century that a body from the Napoleonic wars has been ...

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Waterloo being Prepared for Anniversary (About.com European History)

An interesting history-related post from About.com European History:

A few years ago, I reported on Russia clearing the site of the Battle of Borodino in preparation for the double centenary commemorations. This was the battlefield where Napoleon won a pyrrhic victory over Russia, and now another Napoleonic battle site is being spruced up. Waterloo was where Napoleon's hopes were finally ended by an allied coalition, and bulldozers are moving in to remove unwanted buildings and parking areas to improve the sight of the battlefield, which still receives 300,000 tourists a year. Paul Furlan, a tourism minister in Belgium, explained to AP: "We want to bring authenticity back ...

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