Skeleton of a soldier of Wellington’s discovered at Waterloo?

Archeologists working on the site of the Battle of Waterloo have unearthed the skeleton of a soldier who perished in the battle that in 1815 put an end to Napoleon's reign on the continent of Europe.

The skeleton that was discovered nearly 200 years after the battle was found near to the Lion of Waterloo monument and is practically intact.

In June 1815 British, Prussian and Dutch forces clashed with the troops of the French Emperor. Napoleon lost and was shipped off to exile on the island of Saint Helena.

The archeologists have not yet been able to establish the identity of the soldier whose remains have now been found. Nothing of his uniform remains. The area where it was recovered was held by British troops under the Duke of Wellington. Next to the skeleton the diggers found a piece of wood bearing the initials C.B.

A bullet was discovered between the ribs of the skeleton. Archeologist Dominique Bosquet: "You can practically see the soldier die before your eyes."

The skeleton was buried at a depth of just over one foot and three inches. This points to the fact that it was buried in haste.