New Jersey/USA – The archaeologists were actually looking for artifacts from the 18th century. But then they found the remains of 13 people in a mass grave!
As “Sudetush Zeitung” reports, a team from Rowan University investigated an old trench system in the US state of New Jersey. It belonged to Fort Mercer, which was once the scene of a historic battle in the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783).
Experts suspect the dead are German soldiers. In a press release from the university, they refer to them as “Hessians” (German: “Hesse”). In the United States, however, the term is often used synonymously for indebted German soldiers who fought on the side of the British in the American War of Independence.
The men came from six German states, with the Landgraviate of Hesse-Kassel providing the largest contingent. By the Treaty of Paris in 1783, about 30,000 German soldiers served the English king in battle – at least 2,300 were killed.