Saturday, April 6, 2024

"Industrial-scale grave robbing" believed to explain the missing tens of thousands of bodies killed in European wars in the 1800's


There have been researchers excavating at Waterloo since 2012, and they have found just two bodies. But at least 10,000 men were killed there. That leaves 9998 still missing. 


The introduction of phosphates for fertilizer and bone char as an ingredient in beet sugar processing at the beginning of the 19th century transformed bones into a hot commodity. Skyrocketing prices prompted raids on mass graves across Europe—and beyond.