Sharing Our Research: The Site Open House and Professional Conferences

Work on the Walhain-St-Paul Project doesn't begin and end with the summer field school, it continues all year round for the members of the research team. A significant part of our jobs as archaeologists is to report and interpret of our findings. Excavation is (usually) fun, but it doesn't do much to further our knowledge … Continue reading Sharing Our Research: The Site Open House and Professional Conferences

Now Recruiting!!! Walhain-St-Paul Project 2016 Summer Archaeology Field School in Belgium

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 … Continue reading Now Recruiting!!! Walhain-St-Paul Project 2016 Summer Archaeology Field School in Belgium

Summer Archaeology Program at Walhain Videos

A few years old now, but still interesting. The first one is from 2010 featuring Prof. Bailey Young talking about the program, its history, and the satisfaction a teacher gets when he sees students really take to what they are learning and make it part of who they are going forward. Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzPsvqAQaBk And … Continue reading Summer Archaeology Program at Walhain Videos

In Charlemagne’s Footsteps: Visiting the Palatine Chapel at Aachen

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

The Bees’ Knees: Napoleon’s Use of Archaeology, Theft, and the Trappings of French Monarchy

In 1806, the legendary French artist Ingres was commissioned to paint an official portrait of Napoleon I of France in his coronation robes. Through the visual language of power, Napoleon and the artist interwove recognizable symbols of Frankish and Roman imperial history in order to solidify his own shaky claims to authority over France. The … Continue reading The Bees’ Knees: Napoleon’s Use of Archaeology, Theft, and the Trappings of French Monarchy