Somewhere between these perspectives and the physical evidence provided by archaeology lies the truth about what really happened, and what it might have been like for a solider to fight and die there.
What’s more, archaeology has been proven to support wounded veteran recovery. A multifaceted discipline it offers opportunities to everyone no matter their ability or injury. All who participate achieve something and play their part in discovering new and unique history.
That’s why in 2015, the battle’s bicentenary year, two officers from the Coldstream Guards put together a team of veterans, international archaeological experts and universities to begin a groundbreaking project – starting at Hougomont Farm – to help uncover the secrets of the battlefield.
Work began in April and you can see some of the first fascinating results online, including what is interpreted as potentially the first shots fired of the battle.
Returning in July the team will include Household Cavalry veterans; playing as key a part in the project as they did in the battle of Waterloo. It costs £100 a day to the participate and we are currently seeking donations to support them and the project.
Your support is very much appreciated!
DONATIONS: Waterloo Uncovered is a not-for-profit organisation and is looking for donations to help meet the project’s operating costs.
Cheques should be made payable to ‘Waterloo Uncovered’ and sent to: Project Director, Waterloo Uncovered, c/o Regimental Headquarters Coldstream Guards, Wellington Barracks, London SW1E 6HQ