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"Nelson's Island" Dig Finds Female Bodies Too

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  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    "Excavation of graves found on "Nelson's Island" in Egypt has uncovered 40 bodies – not only of British Navy officers, soldiers and sailors, but of women too, who sailed and fought with the British navy during The Battle of the Nile against the French in 1798.
    “Most people think that Nelson's ships were all male. They weren’t. They had women and children onboard,” Dr. Nick Slope, who excavated the graves and is also the vice-chairman of the Nelson Society, told Haaretz.
    It was while excavating Hellenistic and Pharaonic structures on Aboukir Island, a.k.a. Nelson's Island, that the archaeologists stumbled upon relatively modern burials. Some corpses were found with musket balls, gun-flint, and military buttons. “It was immediately clear that these bodies had something to do with the Battle of the Nile,” Slope told Haaretz.
    That confrontation was a turning point in centuries of snarling between the British and French. This episode was a naval battle, fought on the 1st and 2nd of August, 1798, in Aboukir Bay, an inlet of the Mediterranean off Egypt."

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