Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Archaeologists Are Building a Castle in France Using Only 13th-Century Techniques

In a remote forest clearing in Burgundy, France, a 13th-century castle is slowly being constructed using only the tools, techniques, and materials that would have been available to the builders of the day. The Gu├ędelon project was started in 1997 at a location near an abandoned stone quarry, a pond for water, and in a forest that could provide wood. Knotted rope is used to make measurements, stone is imperfectly cut to denote the station of the castle's owner, and rock is chiseled by hand.
About 300,000 people a year visit the site. The project is ongoing and is expected to be completed in 2020.

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Anonymous said...

There is a BBC documentary series called Secrets of the Castle which follows a team who work on Guedelon. It was on Knowledge Network in BC; I expect other provinces also picked it up.

The Nag said...

Thanks, I'll look for it.