We are now recruiting students for the 2016 season of Eastern Illinois University’s Summer Archaeology in Belgium Program (begun in 1998). The dates are not firm yet, but will be either June 25 – July 23 or July 2 – July 30, 2016. 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). American 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. Additional 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.
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 and graduate students in good standing, and teams are typically made up of students from a variety of institutions. There are no prerequisites, and no previous background in archaeology is required. All majors are welcome. All work is done in English, and although we will be in the French-speaking part of Belgium, no language background is required.
The cost of the program in 2015, which includes tuition and fees, food, and lodging—but not overseas airfare—was $6191. This should not change much for 2016. Scholarships may be available to EIU students from the Study Abroad Office: https://castle.eiu.edu/edabroad/scholarship.php. Students can learn more by going to Dr. Young’s faculty web page, http://www.eiu.edu/include12/global/profile.php?id=bkyoung, or emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You are also invited to check out the Walhain-St-Paul Project on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/CastleWalhain. A link to the preliminary application is here: WSP PRELIMINARY APPLICATION 2016. And if you’d like to spread the word about the program (please do!), here’s a link to this post in flyer form: WSP flyer 2016. We hope you can join us for what promises to be a fun and exciting season at Walhain-St-Paul!