breaking ground on land which could yield clues about the human sacrifice of a war which changed the face of Europe it was in the fields around montage on that the Battle of Waterloo was fought 200 years ago a battle which saw Britain and her allies halt the march of Napoleon archeologists have scoured this land for years but never before has the site of the field hospital where thousands of wounded soldiers were treated being penetrated and it's to this spot that British veterans themselves injured in modern-day conflicts have come to help the search Matt Weston lost his legs and part of his right arm in Afghanistan he'll use his drone and photography skills to help catalog the work Westby it's quite an honor really I mean I mean the history of Europe was really forced on this battlefield and we're given permissions going dig it up I think it's something that really in the privileged few get to do and it's a it's remarkable it always liked history but I never really considered as you know something I would do actually look just just being his amazing going to meet people I have that background it's er pretty impressive it's the first one found at this site Wow early finds include a British musket ball which could kill or cause serious injury but ground-penetrating radar is being used in the hope of finding medical tools and bones from amputated limbs it's sobering for wounded veterans of today to think of what the troops in the Battle of Waterloo went through but they come because military history fascinates them men meade suffered from PTSD after the helicopter he was traveling in was shot down in Afghanistan soldier is a soldier because this 200 years ago 300 years ago yes a mentality and from the research I've been doing over the past year I find the Battle of Waterloo was like the last major romantic battle of cavalry when an infantryman and cannon fire and I know over time medical history medicals advanced in time you just do think for their mind as the fighting intensified more and more injured were brought here to Mount San John it's believed as many as 6,000 men were treated for their injuries on this site and in the farm buildings around Medicine was primitive with surgeons forced to operate and amputate limbs without anesthetic the Waterloo uncovered project brings together wounded and serving members of the military with leading archaeologists as part of a program of care and recovery it's aimed at building confidence and new skills and those who've seen war can offer a special insight into the discoveries very much so they've they've seen war they've seen the elephant as they say and I haven't I've always been an archaeologist I never served and they can bring a unique experience they've been under fire in those locations the early findings are already being carefully catalogued and will help build a picture of what those wounded at Waterloo went through the military of today helping to tell the stories of those who went before them Michelle Clifford Sky News Belgium

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. This project is brilliant on many levels. It's great therapy for wounded servivemen and their military experience adds to the interpretation of the site

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