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EIU Faculty-Led - Archaeology in Belgium
Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (Outgoing Program)
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Eastern Illinois University, in partnership with the University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium, invites applications for the Summer Archaeology program. The Summer Archaeology Program in Belgium offers a unique opportunity, unduplicated by any other program anywhere, for EIU students (including guest students specially enrolled from other institutions) to learn about the principles and practice of archaeology as a “crossroads discipline,” bringing together the perspectives offered by the Humanities with the methods of the Sciences, by working alongside other American and European students on the excavation of a medieval castle in Belgium. Students will learn the basic methods, procedures and skills of medieval field archaeology in the course of a four-week campaign at Walhain Castle, near Louvain-la-Neuve. These involve stratigraphic excavation, field drawing (mapping and section drawing), preparation for on-site photography, artifact recording and treatment, field cataloguing and initial finds processing. Students will learn the contextual parameters of the Walhain project by situating the castle historically in the evolution of the Walloon region of Belgium from Roman through Early Modern times, and situating the research project scientifically in the developing field of medieval archaeology.

Read this article about Molly Button, a Summer 2012 participant from EIU.

There are no prerequisites, and no previous background in archaeology is required.

"The Summer Archeology Program has excellent subject matter and field opportunities, great faculty and staff, and is competitively priced."  -- Robert Harder, past participant.

Learned much and had a great experience. Academically, acquired much knowledge on archaeological methodology and received an outstanding introduction to the concepts of archaeology. --Alex Peterson, Summer 2011 participant

Watch a video about the program!

Archaeology Work

Activities / Itinerary

Students are engaged all day, Monday-Friday, either in fieldwork on the excavation site, or in classroom lectures and laboratory visits. Work is directly supervised by Dr. Young and Dr. Verslype, with the assistance of American or Belgian graduate students in archaeology. All students keep a program journal, which records their fieldwork and required lectures and visits and submit it for evaluation at the end of the month.  In addition, they write a final essay.  Honors students prepare and present a research report. Graduate students research and submit a 15-25 page paper on an approved topic, using resources in a foreign language if possible. There is one all-day Saturday field trip to the medieval city of  Tournai, and other archaeological sites in the countryside.

Sample Itinerary

Before departure from US: Site opened by Dr. Verslype and Belgian staff; tools prepared.

Day 1: Arrival in Brussels; students transported by van to Louvain-la-Neuve (LLN). First orientation in residence. July 2 (Sunday) Rest. Get settled.

Day 2: Orientation in LLN (AM) and at Walhain site (PM). Opening reception at CRAN.

Day 3-5: All day on site. Training in excavation methodology (by sub-groups).

Day 6: Morning on site. Lecture: Introduction to Archaeology at UCL (afternoon).

Day 8-9: Saturday Field Trip; Sunday free

Day 10-13: Excavation all day on site

Day 14: Morning on site. Lecture: Archaeology of Tournai at UCL (afternoon).

Day 15: All day field-trip to Tournai and nearby sites.

Day 16: Free. Optional excursion to Namur.

Day 17-20: Excavation all day on site.

Day 21: Morning on site. Lecture and/or laboratory or field trip in afternoon.

Day 22-23: Weekend free. Students may choose to travel.

Day 24-26: Excavation all day on site.

Day 27: Last day on site.

Day 28: Last day. Final essay and turn in notebooks. Pack.

Day 29: Departure. Students transported to Brussels Airport

*Any changes will be announced on Walhain-St.-Paul Facebook site.

Archaeology Group
St. Brice, Tournai


Undergraduate option:
HIS 3970 or ESC 3990 (4cr)

Graduate option:
HIS 59971 (4 cr)

Honors options:
STA 3990 - may be substituted for HIS 3990 (4 cr) or ESC 3990 (4 cr)

After Your Trip:
Take STA4000G at EIU to fulfill your senior-seminar requirement!


Students stay in the student housing of Louvain-la-Neuve.  The cost of all meals in Louvain-la-Neuve, on site and on field trips is included in the program fee.  Breakfast is taken in the suite kitchen; there is a picnic lunch on site; students dine in restaurants in Louvain-la-Neuve offering a choice of dishes.  Menus are available on request.


At least two pre-departure orientations will be provided and are required for all participants.

Your faculty leader will hold one of these orientations, where he/she will cover information on safety, health, legal, environmental, political, cultural, and religious conditions in the host country(ies), as well as planning logistics.

The Office of Study Abroad (OSA) will hold the other orientation. They will cover general information about traveling abroad to different areas of the world and facilitate a panel discussion composed of students who have already participated in faculty-led study abroad programs.

For more information, contact the faculty leader, Dr. Bailey Young

*Guest students will not be required to come to Charleston for the Study Abroad on-campus orientation.

Necessary Documents

To enter a foreign country, you must have a valid passport. If you are a U.S. citizen and do not currently have a valid passport, or if your passport will expire during the time you will be overseas, please go to the  U.S. State Department website for information on how to apply for/renew your passport.

You are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department's Consular Information Sheet on your host countries. It will provide you with a great deal of information to help you prepare for your trip.

**Please be aware that you are responsible for obtaining the most up-to-date information on entry requirements. The Office of Study Abroad only provides general information, as visa regulations and procedures are constantly changing. Please consult the Consulate for more information. **


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