I am running out the door to a hair appointment, and then diving back into copy edits, but I wanted to mark the 198th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo today. When I was in high school, I thought about becoming an archaeologist, and I’m still fascinated with the profession! A few months ago I read an article in “Archaeology” magazine about an unknown soldier’s skeleton found on the battlefield in Belgium, still with the musket ball that killed him in his ribs. It was an amazing story (and it seems the search for the soldier’s ID is still going on). Here are a few articles about the find:
From the Daily Mail (“Early analysis suggests the remains are of a 20-year-old man, who was 5ft 1in tall with teeth worn by biting open gunpowder tubes.”)
And a soldier’s letter from the battle at the British Library….
I wasn’t able to find any info on whether they had identified this man yet or not–if you know anything else, let me know!
What are some of your favorite events and mysteries from history???