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The 200-year-old skeleton of a soldier killed at the battle of Waterloo

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Post  Mr. Digby on Tue Apr 07, 2015 7:39 pm

Very interesting news, the investigative and analytical techniques that archaeologists can employ these days is amazing.

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"Any hussar who has not got himself killed by the age of 30 is a jackass." - Antoine Charles Louis Lasalle, commander of Napoleon's light cavalry, killed in battle at Wagram 6 July 1809, aged 34.

"I had forgotten there was an objective." - Generallieutenant Mikhail Borozdin I
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Post  Guest on Tue Apr 07, 2015 9:46 pm

I was watching a story on BBC about a guy that found an old Celtic camp ground or battlefield on someone farmland. The findings were worth 3.5 million Pounds. The excavation of these things is just fascinating not to mention the DNA where they could actually name the Soldier.

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Post  Mr. Digby on Tue Apr 07, 2015 10:04 pm

Britain has some amazing history, given that its been invaded so many times and we have so many different cultural groups that have moved across our landscape. Human activity in Britain is now known to go back 900,000 years, and these would not have been Homo Sapiens either.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/10623660/900000-year-old-footprints-of-earliest-northern-Europeans-discovered.html

But some of our archaeology from Roman times (AD50 to AD400) through the Dark Ages (AD500-700) to early Medieval (AD700-1000) is the most fascinating for me because we can trace a clear line of change and meshing of culture after culture in an unbroken flow of gradual progress and see settlements become established, grow, decline, grow again, etc. The impact of the Black Death in the mid 1300s is also easily traceable by land use and occupation levels. Engaging stuff. It is amazing that hoards of coins and jewellery are still being dug up - though of course metal detecting usage is increasing but some of these finds worth millions are just a few inches below the ground of farmers fields that have been continuously ploughed, seeded, harvested and re-ploughed for 100s of years with nothing being noticed.

There's a strong archaeology based on modern times as well such as WWII, including crashed planes from the 1940s to Napoleonic, WWI and WWII defences and infrastructure. You often come across WWII pill boxes and anti-tank defences when driving around the countryside.

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"Any hussar who has not got himself killed by the age of 30 is a jackass." - Antoine Charles Louis Lasalle, commander of Napoleon's light cavalry, killed in battle at Wagram 6 July 1809, aged 34.

"I had forgotten there was an objective." - Generallieutenant Mikhail Borozdin I
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