Day 9 update‐ A few finds

The finds coming out of Hougoumont Farm tell many different stories, some of battles, some of home life and some of modern life. It makes you appreciate how many people have worked, lived, fought and died in this small area of Belgium. We’ve pulled out a selection of finds to highlight these themes. We hope you enjoy them Mystery Object Made …

Day 8 update — Digging in the rain, just digging in the rain

There are positives to digging in the rain… no really there are! Firstly, the rain changes the look of the soil and with a bit of cleaning up in trench 21 it is now possible to see the faintest of traces of the ornamental garden, so that it shows up like a ghost garden and will invariably fade when the soil dries …

Day 5 update — a recap on last week

We’re back for another week of excavating after a much needed rest over the weekend but before we launch into new discoveries and points for discussion let’s recap over a few of the highlights from last week. On Friday, Eva from SPW removed the unbroken bottle from its trench.  Finds analysis have revealed that it is definitely from the battle era and …

Day 4 update — Have we found Clay’s ammunition?

Day 4 of our two week dig and we’ve turned our attention to an area that is referred to as the sunken way, a ditch that runs East to West past the North of Hougoumont Farm and found five musket balls. Now we know from Private Matthew Clay’s memoirs that he slept here the night before the battle and he writes of …

Day 3 update — Bottles, Brick pathways and a Belgium Blue

Things are really taking shape here at Hougoumont as we reach day 3 although sharing a field full of Belgium Blues certainly creates a few challenges. Even after we had put up a fence like a shark cave the cows curiosity won the day. Arriving on site in the morning it was evident a curious cow had ambled over our trenches.  How did we know this? By …

Day 2 update — Ready, aim, fire!

Whilst we continue to explore our trenches in the walled garden a lot of our attention has been on the area known as the Killing ground, a small area outside the south wall that stood the brunt of the French attack. Several trenches have been opened here and after removing about 6 inches of the topsoil and metal detected the exposed surface we …

Day 1 update — We’re back and the finds are ‘firing’ in!

The countdown is over, we’re finally here at Hougoumont Farm and it feels so good to back. What was instantly noticeable since our visit in April was the development of the farm complex, particularly the superb renovation of the Gardner’s House where our site ‘hut’ is based for the next two weeks. Well done Project Hougoumont for such a fantastic renovation, …

Fieldwork objectives, July 2015

Summary of fieldwork objectives, July 2015 The forthcoming fieldwork will build upon the results of the evaluation in April. An important objective of this two‐week exercise will be the continued use of excavation to ground‐truth anomalies identified in the geophysical survey carried out by our team from the University of Ghent. During the evaluation, three of these anomalies, two to …