Announcing the 2015 Field Season!

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 Walhain-St-Paul Project 2015

 We are now recruiting students for the 2015 season of Eastern Illinois University’s Summer Archaeology in Belgium Program (begun in 1998). The dates are June 27- July 25, 2015. The program is headed by Dr. Bailey Young, Distinguished Professor of History at EIU, and centers on the excavation of Walhain Castle, near our partner university, the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL, founded 1425).

10344304_10152321666644132_4679720396422096020_oAmerican students work alongside UCL students under the overall direction of the Centre de Recherches Archeologiques Nationales (CRAN), based at UCL and currently directed by Professor Laurent Verslype. Students will spend most days excavating early modern (15th-18th c.) as well as medieval (12th-14th c.) remains at the idyllic ruins of Castle Walhain. Excavation 1Additional field school components include artifact handling and documentation as well as lectures by experts in medieval and agricultural history, European archaeology, material culture, and GIS.

In addition, students take guided field trips that introduce them to the larger cultural context, going back to Roman Belgica.  Recently, the project has expanded to include an emphasis on preservation and public presentation strategies as well as a long-term study placing the Walhain site in its political, economic, and social contexts, largely through analysis of its role in medieval agriculture.Field Trip 2 A significant component of this development is the use of spatial analysis using GIS. Students will participate in these new directions by spending some time looking at archival sources and using GPS equipment to take locations of medieval sites and inputting that data into the working database.

Students earn four credits awarded as they prefer in either History or Earth Sciences (Honors students have special Honors credit). The course is open to all undergraduate students in good standing, and teams are typically made up of students from a variety of institutions. There are noprerequisites, and no previous background in archaeology is required.  All work is done in English, and no language background is required. All majors are welcome. Excavation 3

The cost of the program, which includes tuition and fees, board and lodging—but not overseas airfare—is $6191.  Students can learn more by going to Dr. Young’s faculty web page or emailing him at bkyoung@eiu.edu. You are also invited to check out the Walhain-St-Paul Project on Facebook. We hope you can join us for what promises to be a fun and exciting season at Walhain-St-Paul!

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