These spots of excavation tell: using early visitor accounts to map the missing graves of Waterloo

Pollard, T. (2021) These spots of excavation tell: using early visitor accounts to map the missing graves of Waterloo. Journal of Conflict Archaeology, 16(2), pp. 75-113. (doi: 10.1080/15740773.2021.2051895)

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Abstract

This paper uses the writings of early visitors to the field of Waterloo to examine the treatment of the dead following the battle fought on 18 June 1815. It is proposed that these memoirs and journals, along with various artworks, contain information that can assist not only in the explanation of the complexities of body disposal, but also guide us to the location of grave sites on the battlefield. It is further suggested, on the basis of the picture building from recent archaeological investigations, that at least some of the larger graves were exploited for human and animal bone, which in the first half of the nineteenth century served as an important source of phosphate fertilizer.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Pollard, Professor Tony
Authors: Pollard, T.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > History
Journal Name:Journal of Conflict Archaeology
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1574-0773
ISSN (Online):1574-0781
Published Online:17 June 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Conflict Archaeology 16(2): 75-113
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License
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