archeo parc

My students are working on the landscaping of the famous archeological parc in Villeneuve d’Ascq, near Lille. They went there for the first time on Dec.5th, to meet up with the staff and see the site with their own eyes.

I asked them to write a description of a part of the site from the viewpoint of an animal. Here are the best essays. Enjoy !


A rabbit’s view

One morning, I was still asleep, and I heard unusual sounds coming from the park. I hurried out of my den and I saw some people I didn’t know. Because I’m a curious rabbit, I decided to follow them. First, they went into the big prehistoric house, then into the small houses of the Bronze Age. Afterwards, they approached the medieval garden which is composed of some vegetables that taste very nice. When they left the garden, I went to nibble at them… Still, during my feast, I was interrrupted by the sound of digging : the people were digging a hole right by my den !….

ND and SF


A bird’s view

One day, I discovered a place that looked like Paradise to me. It was a rainy and windy day, and I was standing on an electric cable 20 feet up in the air. I looked around. Then I flew onto a tree and perched onto a thick branch. Behind me, there was a strange house made with clay and stone. I could fly in and out without problem, there were no humans and the house was open all the time. Inside I spotted the perfect location for a nest. Later I flew out and perched onto the railing of a bridge to observe the stream. With the forest just behind the house, I believed this was the perfect place to settle : I could find a reserve of insects and earthworms in the grass !

HR and MD


A goose ‘s view                                                                                                                            star writing !

The air was cold on this autumn morning, and the wind caressed my feathers. The trees still freshly covered with frost transformed the landscape. I was flying over the trees, and I was losing altitude because of the cold air. So I ended up landing onto the ground. The frozen grass went crisp under my webbed feet, a shiver ran along my legs, my body and all the way to my head. I dawdled and fluttered in the hope of finding a little warmth. Some houses made of wood, straw and mud stood on my right, and I ran there for shelter. After a while, I continued in the direction of the bare trees that were filtering sun rays, showing shiny branches and fresh grass in the parc. I felt warmer and I took my time in the medieval garden to peck at a few leaves already wrinkled and some herbs spared by the fall. My appetite waned, I could see many geese through the large mesh busy kwacking in the nearby pond. So I decided to fly over the fence that separated me from the pond, and joined my new flock.

BG and BH


Jan 6, 2013

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