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
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
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?
The reality of my opportunity to participate in this project has yet to set in. The moment I heard about the dig, I knew that I was meant to be here; it was almost like deja-vu. An overwhelming excitement mixed with an undertone of terror flew through me when I was first accepted into the … Continue reading A First-Time Archaeologist
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
There is no place that I dream of more than Walhain. As a child I always watched the Indiana Jones movies that my father loved. We always watched them on Christmas Eve with the family, and I would always leave and go to a room that was quiet and only focus on the movies. As … Continue reading There is No Place That I Dream of More Than Walhain…
Greetings Walhain alums, friends, fans and all! We are just past halfway through our 12th season and the sun is shining this morning, which is a very good thing because we lost two on-site days last week on account of rain. The forecasts are pretty good for this week, though, and our stalwart American crew … Continue reading A Note from the Director
On two Saturdays during the project, students go on staff-led field trips to significant medieval sites around Belgium. Last week we visited three castles, but you didn’t hear about it due to a lack of effective human/computer cooperation. That write up may show itself in the next few days. Yesterday, we set out into the … Continue reading Weekend Ramblings: Tournai and Ghent
Documenting those artifacts excavated over fifteen years takes many hands and much time. The field notes recorded locations of objects found. Lab time ensured that objects got cleaned and recorded. This year Amanda Hursch, graduate student in Historical Administration at Eastern Illinois University, is photographing all artifact assemblages in preparation for more work! A group … Continue reading Project update and notes from the lab!