Napoleonic grave site uncovered in Germany

A grave site containing around 200 skeletons has been unearthed during construction work in the city of Frankfurt, Germany.

Frankfurt, Germany.

Frankfurt, Germany. Image by Kiefer. / CC BY-SA 2.0

Speaking at a press conference in Frankfurt Olaf Cunitz, head of town planning for the city, said that according to preliminary reports the skeletons were believed to be the remains of troops from Napoleon’s Great Army in 1813, perhaps returning from the French leader’s Russian campaign. Battle wounds or a typhus epidemic are thought to be likely causes of death, said Cunitz, and evidence suggests the bodies were buried in a hurry. Experts are currently in the process of excavating and analysing the remains, a project cited to take around four to six weeks. Read more:

Related content