Human leg bones have been unearthed in the first excavation of the main allied field hospital used in the 1815 Battle of Waterloo.

Experts believe they are the remains of limbs amputated by medics at the former Mont-St-Jean field hospital in Belgium. Archaeologists and veterans also found musket balls and a cannon ball, which shed new light on the famous battle.

Waterloo Uncovered – the charity organising the dig – said the discovery of at least four leg bones had changed the atmosphere of the excavation.

“Suddenly there is a very poignant connection with the people who suffered here in 1815,” it said in a statement.

One of the limbs had suffered from a “catastrophic wound”, while another bore the mark of a surgeon’s saw.

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(BBC News, 17th July 2019)