One of the short term projects of the GRAAL association is to create an archeosite in order to give a better idea of the way of life of middle age Flanders.

- It provides us with an opportunity to experience a number of datas gathered during excavations.
- It also gives to a large number of people the opportunity to discover the daily life of men and women of this time, in a realistic manner.
- Setting up a permanent animation that can welcome groups of young people in a stimulating location is one of our aims.
- This project would also allow us to welcome workshops linked to our past.

Middle Ages seems to us an ideal period, as it is often overlooked by other archeosites, while Flanders were at the climax of their reputation then.

This archeosite would also be complimentary to the Interreg 2 project we are involved in with Belgium. The organisation of a touristic network must not be ignored.


The Landscape of the Flemish maritime plain knew intense periodic upheavals which therefore did not modify the major nature of the medium, primarily marshy and subjected to the maritime influences (marine Transgressions) and fluviatile (evolution of the delta of Aa). However, are the materials available which condition the methods of construction and the craft industries of a soil. In addition only a deep knowledge of their natural environment made it possible to the men to adapt to this relatively hostile and unhealthy surroundng.

The various inhabitants of the plain and its accesses thus developed, since the Neolithic era, of the techniques using clay, sand, wood and the reed, thus supporting the appearance of a particularly typical medieval architecture. The archaeological excavations carried out by the GRAAL since 1989, had made it possible to put at the day of many vestiges of habitats, fortifications and craft industries. It was thus possible to multiply the technical data. It is the discovery with Coudekerque-Connects of a whole of brick cooking, " a grinding stone ", which started within the GRAAL the desire for knowing some more about the artisanal techniques implemented. The majority of these craft industries exist still nowadays but in an industrial form having only few relationship with our discoveries and there exists little of specialized works dealing with the old techniques. The GRAAL was thus implied in the rediscovery of chains savoirs-to make artisanal disappeared or ignored and thus developed activities " of Experimental Archaeology ". The archaeological excavation in it even give information on site only in the shape of vestiges often thin and sometimes not easily interpretable.

The apprehension and the comprehension of a human settlement as a whole thus pass by a good knowledge of its natural environment and its potential like by an experimentation of the processes, methods and techniques of manufacture and construct

Housing Ovens Dyeing Weaving  Bricks