Police: Skeleton remnants from Napoleonic wars

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Posted: Apr 25, 2012 11:31 AM
Police: Skeleton remnants from Napoleonic wars

Police say that a trove of human bones recently found in a Vienna basement are likely those of soldiers who died fighting Napoleon's troops in Austria 200 years ago.

The bones were found Monday during construction work in a tenement cellar. They are around 200 years old and police spokeswoman Adina Mircioane said Wednesday they seem to be from a cemetery for fallen soldiers of the German state of Saxony that used to be on the site.

Vienna was taken by Napoleon twice, first in 1805 without a fight and then after a battle four years later. Police say the soldiers apparently were killed in the 1809 clash.