Peter van Leeuwen

Serving soldier, Veteran
Summer excavation 2017

Still a serving soldier, Peter has been serving in the Dutch Cavalry for 35 years, and is not anticipating retirement until 2022.
As a Napoleonic re-enactor, he has been touching upon the history of Waterloo before, and looked forward to coming onto the 2017 WU dig to dive into it in a different way. Little did he know, he would go on to spend two weeks finding out about the impact of re-enactment on the work of archaeologists — as their dropped artefacts are found alongside 1815 items, and can make interpretations trickier if they require analysis to be dated. Peter also used his re-enactment connexions to provide the 2017 team with an occasion to fire muskets in the garden at Hougoumont, with the assistance of himself and a re-enactor friend. This was (quite literally) a resounding success!
A part of the Dutch test-run of the excavation, Peter concluded on the last day “I think that I would like to come back a second time. I have had a good time.”
Peter in 2017