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, … Continue reading Announcing the 2015 Field Season!
The German city of Aachen is one of those places that just about anyone even vaguely interested in the Middle Ages dreams of visiting. It’s associated with one of the most well-known men of the period, Charles the Great, (better known as Charlemagne). He styled himself the first Holy Roman Emperor, and appropriately enough in … Continue reading In Charlemagne’s Footsteps: Visiting the Palatine Chapel at Aachen
This year, with Belgian Independence Day falling on a Monday which was also the beginning of the last dig week it, seemed a good idea to invite the general public to an "open site" day: relaxed on the third day of their weekend, they could thus enjoy a beer from the tent set up by Monsieur … Continue reading Belgian Independence Day and the Walhain Dig, 2014
Did you ever think that science and art could be synonymous? I sure didn’t. I’ve always despised the subjects of math and science. My passions are history, music, and art. Little did I know that archaeology is not limited to only history. It’s a science---science of the most meticulous yet artistic quality I’ve experienced in … Continue reading Mapping: An artistic Science?
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 … Continue reading Notes from the Super
A 16th-century drinking jug sherd found in the ruins of the Renaissance residence.
During the field season at Walhain-Saint-Paul, we ask the crew members to take turns blogging about the day’s activities to document not only they site and artifacts, but also to try to capture a little of the experience that year. Every field season brings new crew members and focuses on a different part of the … Continue reading The WSP Blog
Welcome to the first "Artifact of the Week". We thought we'd kick it off with the biggest artifact of them all...the castle! The Early Years The construction of the castle began in the late 12th century (c1188) with the main donjon or keep (a strong stone tower; main tower; stronghold). The donjon is constructed of … Continue reading The Castle: 101