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Welcome to Waterloo Uncovered

Waterloo Uncovered is a ground breaking archaeology project that began in 2015, revealing secrets that have been buried underground for 200 years. The project is run by leading battlefield archaeologists, and also includes wounded veterans from recent campaigns, helping to aid their recovery from injury and rehabilitation into life after the army. Hear some of their stories here.
Why Waterloo?
The Battle of Waterloo, which defined modern Europe and ended the Napoleonic era, has been studied by generations. But while the field remains remarkably unaltered, it has never been the subject of a comprehensive archaeological survey. This means that our understanding of the world’s most famous land battle is reliant on first hand accounts that are often confusing, inaccurate or biased. Only Archaeology can significantly deepen our understanding of the battle and bring to life what it was like for a soldier to fight and die at Waterloo.

Find out what we’ve discovered so far.

The Team

Major Charlie Foinette

Coldstream Guards Company Commander with a long-standing interest in Waterloo and a master’s degree in archaeology

Professor Tony Pollard

Professor of Conflict History and Archaeology and Director of the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology and at the University of Glasgow. An internationally renowned battlefield archaeologist Tony will plan and lead and the archaeological aspects of the project

Mark Evans

A Coldstream Guards and Operation Nightingale veteran. Mark left the army with PTSD and has written about the experience in his book Code Black. He has attended Nightingale excavations in the UK and Cyprus and also has a master’s degree in archaeology

Dominique Bosquet

Attaché, Service de l’archéologie-Direction extérieure du Brabant wallon. Dominique will provide official Belgian representation as well as essential local and academic knowledge and will oversee the project on behalf of the Belgian authorities

Philippe De Smedt

Philippe De Smedt is master in archaeology with a PhD in geophysical soil prospection. Currently he is  a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Soil Management (ORBit team) of the Ghent University.

Marc Van Meirvenne

Marc Van Meirvenne is professor in soil inventory techniques at the Ghent University, Belgium. He is head of the Department of Soil Management and leads the ORBit team.

Gaille MacKinnon

Consultant Forensic Anthropologist and Archaeologist. Her expertise in these disciplines has been utilised in war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, mass fatality and terrorist incidents, transportation accidents, natural disasters and major crime investigations in the United Kingdom.

Dr. Stuart Eve

A Digital Archaeologist and Partner at L – P : Archaeology. Stuart has managed projects all over the world from large master-planning projects to implementing a new conservation management and monitoring system for a candidate World Heritage site. He is a also a bit of a whizz with Augmented Reality and mobile computing.

Alasdair White

Based in Belgium, Alasdair White is a well-known historian specialising in the Napoleonic period and has been a guide to the battlefields of the 1815 Belgium campaign since 1993. He is currently the Project Hougoumont Coordinator for Historical and Archaeological Research

Peter Ginn

Peter studied archaeology at UCL before moving into television. As the co-presenter of the hugely successful BBC Victorian Farm series he has a history of documenting historical and archaeological events and programs. Peter will make sure Waterloo Uncovered is correctly recorded and document and broadcast to the public.

Tom Mollo

Director at Bell Potinger and a retired Coldstream Guards Officer, Tom has the ideal skills and experience to manage the project’s communications



Service de l’archéologie-Direction extérieure du Brabant Wallon

Service de l’archéologie-Direction extérieure du Brabant wallon is a founding member of Waterloo Uncovered, without whom this project would not exist. They regulate and oversee all archaeological works in the region. They have agreed not only to underwrite the necessary permits, but will be active participants in the project, providing valuable links to the local community and Belgian stakeholders.

The Centre for Battlefield Archaeology, Glasgow University

The Centre for Battlefield Archaeology, Glasgow University is a pioneer and world leader in the fields of battlefield and conflict archaeology and has carried out archaeological investigations on conflict sites ranging from the medieval to modern eras across the globe. The Centre will provide the project with essential expertise, not least through the provision of its Director, Dr Tony Pollard as lead archaeologist.

The Coldstream Guards

The Coldstream Guards have a historic interest in the battle and Hougoumont Farm in particular, where they famously “shut the gates” in the face of Napoleon’s rapidly advancing hordes. They have provided funding to maintain and restore the farm for over a century and will provide logistical and financial support for the project, as well veterans to attend the excavation.

The Defence Archaeology Group

The Defence Archaeology Group is an award winning, MoD backed, initiative to rehabilitate veterans and provide life and vocational skills through archaeology. They have extensive experience of running archaeological excavations with veterans and will take responsibility for veteran selection, management and any medical and special requirements. They will also provide assistance with fundraising and communications.

Gent University

Gent University have provided the services of their Department. of Soil Management. They specialise  in mobile non-invasive techniques for soil inventory, including detailed archaeological prospections over larger areas. The team has prior experience at Waterloo where it surveyed successfully an area of 10 ha next to the farm of La Haye Sainte using an electromagnetic induction sensor in 2014. In the Waterloo Uncovered project they will provide mapped information of the gardens and fields surrounding the farm of Hougoumont to direct the field excavations. The team is currently also surveying the WW I fields near Ypres in Flanders and participates in the Stonehenge Hidden Landscape project.

LP Archaeology

LP Archaeology have been involved in commercial archaeological services since 1990. They are an example of worker co-ownership where all permanent staff are partners in the business. They Bring with them  variety of skills including data management and surveying.

University College Roosevelt

University College Roosevelt (the Liberal Arts and Sciences Univeristy College of Utrecht University) will be providing undergraduate archaeology students to take part in our July excavations. On their return to the university they will conduct outreach work, for example in local schools to tell more people in the Netherlands about the project and the role of the Dutch troops in the battle. Students will also conduct their own undergraduate research projects suppored by the team and UCR.