Students Help Restore Medieval Castle in France

Several students recently spent time helping to restore the site of the Chateau de Villandraut, a 14th-century castle in Villandraut, as part of the university's Global Opportunities (GO) program. Villandraut, a village in southwestern France, is about 25 miles from Bordeaux.

Activities included stone-cutting, work on an archeological dig and general maintenance of the chateau site. Students studied social structure in the Middle Ages and issues relating to historic preservation in both France and the United States. Included were field trips to other historic monuments of the same era, a stone quarry and a vineyard; students also had a chance to explore Paris.

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