Some of the most striking finds have been in the graves of Xiongnu women, who were buried with fantastic belt buckles made of coal, jewels, and bronze, Xiongnu is a Chinese term from that period for nomadic, invading groups seen as a threat to China.
As reports, in at least 300 burials found across Asia, the remains of women show signs that they fought in battle.
Or could it be one the mass burials of Jews murdered by the Nazis?
When archeologists from the University of Vilnius arrived, they found that the bodies were stacked three deep in V-shaped trenches that were apparently dug as defensive positions.
No, it was a microscopic organism that wreaked havoc and annihilated Napoleon’s army and his grand plans for conquest.
A microbe called typhus, spread by a scourge of lice.
In June, 1812, Napoleon’s army assembled in eastern Germany.
With magnificent fanfare, Napoleon reviewed his troops on the west bank of the Niemen River on June 22, 1812.
Things were going well—the summer, though hot and dry, made marching over the roads easy.
Surprisingly, Napoleon did not take any land from Russia or request war reparations.
By early 1812, Napoleon controlled most of the land between Spain and Russia.
The supply columns stayed slightly ahead of the soldiers, so food was readily available, and the soldiers were in good health.
Though military hospitals were established along the route to Poland in Magdeburg, Erfurt, Posen, and Berlin, there was little need for their services.