Let's carbon date and celebrate: a new take on archaeology

General description

Take this course to be at the forefront of the past!

Join us in Brussels for a course where engineering meets archaeology and palaeontology. Learn how you can further these field and as such help shed light on organisms and cultures of the past. See archaeology & palaeontology from a novel analytical perspective and improve the tools used in these fields.

You’ll dig, date and drink in the lovely capital of Europe known for its diversity, international mindset and mediaeval-meets-modern beauty. Explore Brussels’ culinary experience complimented by a plethora of different beers; or is it the other way around?

Visit Brussels, get a taste of our Belgian traditions and become part of the BEST Brussels experience!

Apply now, come to Brussels and dig your way to paradise!

See you on the 12th of July for the most amazing days of your life.

Academic information

Fields of activity:
Chemical Engineering , Materials Engineering
Content and topics:
This course will be made of several theoretical lectures covering a wide range of topics from introduction to archaeology and palaeontology to analytical challenges faced when working with materials that can be up to several hundreds of million years old. Museum visits (including a visit to the Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Science where the most complete Iguanodon Dinosaur collection is based) and lab practical’s (measuring your own hair to assess diet) will also be part of this course.
Learning goals and objectives:
Interdisciplinary to the extreme: Integrating Engineering to archaeological and palaeontological research. The aim of this course is to highlight the importance of developing to analytical tools for the study of the past.
Examination type:
Group presentation. The goal is to think outside of the box to help archaeologists and palaeontologists by proposing new/updated engineering tools.
ECTS credits issued:
Not known yet

Information for applicants

Selection criteria:
Interested in the topic of the course (chemical engineering and material science, open to all with an interest in archaeology and palaeontology); Creative answers to the questions; Motivation letter

Practical arrangements

All of the following are covered by the event fee:

Student dormitories close to the campus (2 per room)
Three meals per day (at least one is hot and cooked)
On foot and public transportation (covered by the organisation)