I started with this project in 2001 as an undergrad student with prior archaeological field experience. One of the first things that I noticed is that the field work done in Belgium is VERY different from what I was used to in the States, but, excavation methods aside, I instantly fell in love with the site and have been here for every field season since (this year is my tenth and the fourteenth excavation season overall).
Amongst all of the things I’ve done in my career, this is the project that I am the most proud of to date. (I’m sure that will change over the years, especially now that I am the director of a museum that has the potential to really grow over the next few years.) But, I always come back to Walhain. It’s where I feel the most grounded, and I know that my work here will hopefully inspire the next generation of historians and archaeologists. Actually, this program is so unique in that it caters to all types of scholars—not just those interested in medieval history or archaeology. My hope is that when they leave, they have a better appreciation for historic monuments, buildings, and objects.
People ask me all of the time what my favorite artifact is. I can’t really choose, but here are some of my favorites:
I hope that you enjoy reading about our work here; we still have a lot to do, but it’s an exciting time for the project!
Field & Lab Supervisor