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Unearthed: The world’s first prisoner of war camp

Archaeologists in England have unearthed what is thought to be the world’s first prisoner of war camp. The area housed 7,000 captured French soldiers during the Napoleonic Wars.

The 22-acre prison was bought by the British Government in 1797, to build a barracks capable of holding thousands of troops and a large number of soldiers to guard them. Many of the captives came from famous naval battles of the period like Camperdown and Trafalgar and from captured enemy colonies from overseas in Spain and Portugal. For years mystery has surrounded the inner workings of the site, and the location of over 1,700 bodies of prisoners who died there.

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