Aerial laser imaging reveals new clues to the Battle of Waterloo

Aerial laser imaging reveals new clues to the Battle of Waterloo

Thanks to current technology we can gradually reconstruct part of history and one of the most important advances in recent years, the laser, has been of great help in many fields and now it is also helpful for rediscover history.

Recently, a group of Belgian archaeologists have used different devices with laser detection technology called LIDAR, used to make high-definition terrain models and maps showing how the landscape where the battle was fought has changed 200 years ago.

Based on the information provided by the study, it appears that the images confirm the existence of special characteristics that influenced the battleEspecially in the area around Hougoumont Castle and Farm.

The project manager, Dominique Bosquet, stated that: “LIDAR scan results show some of the possible feature locations that are related to battle. With these images you can know the exact location as well as many other data that contribute to knowing more about this event that marked history.”.

One of the pictures of the area show a large crater that formed when large amounts of earth were removed before the battle, something that will continue to be known from next April, where research and field studies will be resumed again to learn more details about this important battle in European history.

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For his part, Dr. Tony Pollard, director of the Center for Archeology at the University of Glasgow, who also directs the project, assured that: “The images are remarkable and we are delighted with the progress they have made so far in revealing data from this battle of 1815. We are very interested in working with them again next April and being able to analyze the impact of this contest.”.

In April the bicentennial of the battle is celebrated and a team of top European archaeologists and British military veterans will begin surveying the field.

The project is a collaboration between different entities such as the Brabant Archeology and Foreign Directorate Service, the Center for Archeology at the University of Glasgow and also the Center for Human Identification at the University of Dundee. Surely in a very short time we will have more news about this interesting project.

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