Soldier’s remains found at Waterloo
“You can almost see him dying,” Belgian archeologist Dominique Bosquet said of the skeleton, lying on its back with the spherical musket ball that felled the soldier still between his ribs.
“The skeleton is intact,” Mr Bosquet told RTL television.
Believed to have died June 18, 1815, the remains were found under 15 inches of soil as if the young soldier’s comrades had hurriedly buried him when he fell on the battleground.
His uniform had been eaten away but archaeologists were studying a spoon, a coin, a leather strap and a piece of wood carved with the initials C.B. to see whether they might help to identify the skeleton.
It was found last week on land held at the time by English troops by a team of archaeologists investigating the site ahead of major renovation.
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