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200 Year Old Skeleton Found Where Battle of Waterloo Fought

By    |   Monday, 06 Apr 2015 08:27 AM

A 200-year-old skeleton was found under a parking lot by archeologists working for the Belgian government, and it's believed to be the first complete set of bones recovered from the Battle of Waterloo.

The Daily Mail reported that the skeleton was uncovered in June 2012 near the Lion's Mound area of the Waterloo battlefield — just south of Brussels — and was recently identified as Friedrich Brandt, 23, a Hanoverian hunchback.

Former Royal Navy officer and historian Gareth Glover, 54, figured out Brandt's identity by examining troop formations. Brandt, who trained in the East Sussex resort of Bexhill-on-Sea, died after being shot with a musket. The musket ball was found along with his skeleton, between the ribs.

As part of a Hanoverian unit, Brandt would have fought alongside British and Dutch troops against Napoléon Bonaparte.

Brandt was likely single, as no widow came forward to make a claim for a widow's pension after his death.

Roughly 50,000 soldiers died at the Battle of Waterloo, with many dumped into mass graves and many cremated. Some bodies were even sold as fertilizer, and in some cases their teeth were sold as dentures.

Brandt's skeleton is set to go on exhibition in a local Waterloo museum in May.

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A 200-year-old skeleton was found under a parking lot by archeologists working for the Belgian government, and it's believed to be the first complete set of bones recovered from the Battle of Waterloo.
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