Architecture and Construction

Anything related to the design or construction of buildings, roads, aqueducts, etc.

Early medieval mosque found in Sicily

Amid the Renaissance, Greek and Norman ruins on the island of Sicily, archaeologists have made a surprising find: the remains of an early medieval mosque dating to the 9th or 10th century.

Byzantine mosaic found in Israel

An elaborately-decorated mosaic floor dating to the 6th century has been discovered near the Israeli city of Palmahim. The floor is thought to have belonged to the dining area of a Byzantine villa.

Researcher discovers 6th century Japanese irrigation system

A retired civil engineer has written a report on a 6th and 7th century irrigation system in the in Osaka Prefecture. Kazuo Takatsu spent 15 years on the report, which chronicles a system to collect rain water.

London deli hides elaborate Roman dining hall

London's building boom has also produced a boom for archaeologists by uncovering the city's Roman past. Recent finds include a 2nd century dining room decorated with plaster murals.

15th century moat gate found in the Netherlands

Archaeologists in Eindhoven, Netherlands have discovered the remains of a 15th century gate, one of three that guarded the medieval city. The Woensel Gate stood in the middle of a wooden bridge which spanned a moat.

New "Seven Wonders" chosen

The global vote sponsored by World Heritage to list the "new" Seven Wonders of the World has concluded.

5-acre bath complex discovered in Rome

Archaeologists working in Rome have discovered a lavish, two-story Roman bath complex complete with "decorated hot rooms, vaults, changing rooms, marble latrines and an underground room where slaves lit the fire to warm the baths."

Papal dungeons to reopen

The Vatican has announced that the papal dungeons in the Castel Sant'Angelo will re-open after ten years of restoration. The dungeons were used to house criminals during the period of the Papal States.

Tara still on the "Crisis List"

Ireland's historic Hill of Tara has been added to the world's 100 most-endangered heritage sites due to plans to build a motorway in close proximity to the archaeological sites.

15th century gravesites disrupt plans for Czech parking lot

Plans to build a parking lot in Pilsen, Czech Republic, have changed after the discovery of children's graves, part of a 15th century Jewish cemetery.

Norstead rises in heart of Missouri

Norstead: The Viking Age Farmstead Project, based in central and western Missouri, has announced that it has begun construction after months of planning. The first building to constructed will be the Viking longhall.

Chaucer's Moat Wall at the Tower of London is Uncovered

As Clerk of Works for London Tower, Geoffrey Chaucer oversaw the construction of a 14th-century wharf which was recently re-discovered along with 15th-century stone cellars and 16th-century majolica.

Building the perfect castle

House plans for people who have everything, or at least for dreamers! Ultra Luxury Custom Homes, Villas and Estates by design offers a catalog of castles and mansions. (drawings)

Life of luxury in Roman forts

Recent excavations of a Roman fort on Tyneside have revealed that some centurions led a life of relative luxury with indoor plumbing, painted walls and comfortable furniture.

Celtic temple discovered near Tara

In an interview with Conor Newman, an archaeology professor at the National University of Ireland, Galway, Melissa Block of NPR's All Things Considered learns about the recent discovery of a celtic temple near Ireland's Tara.

Archaeologist to speak on La Grava manorial and monastic excavation

On May 9, 2007, Evelyn Baker, former manager of the Bedfordshire County Archaeological Survey, presents "La Grava: Bedfordshire's Best Kept Secret," about the 13-year project described as "the most important and extensive manorial and monastic excavation of the 20th century."

Viking Longhouse Reconstruction Vandalized

Vandals in Britain attacked and damaged a reconstructed Viking longhouse used by schoolchildren to study medieval culture.

Lincoln aqueduct was functional Roman water source

Archaeologists working on the Lincoln aqueduct in England now believe that underground water source was actually used by the Romans. For centuries it was believed that the aqueduct was built but never used by the Romans.

Medieval windmill found in Burwell

An unused plot of ground near Burwell, England, which was being tested for possible development, has revealed the remains of a medieval windmill dating as far back as the 13th century.

Roman house found in Cotswold gravel pit

A 4th century Roman home has been discovered during excavation of a gravel pit near Stow-onthe-Wold, England. The house is believed to have been the "big farm house" of a Roman settlement.

Building Stonehenge

Ah... a misty morning at Stonehenge... Want to build your own? Wally Wallington can show you how in this fascinating video on YouTube.

"Lost" Islamic kingdom discovered

A team of French archaeologists have discovered three towns in the Rift Valley of Ethiopia which they believe are part of the "lost" Islamic kingdom of Shoa. The Muslim stronghold was an important stop on the trade route from the 10th to the 16th centuries.

House Where Henry VIII Met Anne Boleyn for Sale

The manor house where England's King Henry VIII first met Anne Boleyn, an event which produced one of the greatest monarchs of history, Queen Elizabeth I, is for sale for UK£1.3 million.

Medieval Abbey Undergoing Refurbishment

The medieval Torre Abbey in Torquay is undergoing the first phase of a UK£6.5 million refurbishment to turn it into an educational facility and tourist attraction.

Ready, set go: starting gates from Colchester's Roman Circus found

Twelve starting gates from the Roman Circus at Colchester, England have been discovered by archaeologists who have been working on the site since 2004. The gates operated like "greyhound traps, unleashing the charioteers on to the quarter-mile long opening stretch of the track."

12th century watchtower found in Norway

Archaeologists in Trondheim, Norway have discovered the remains of a stone watchtower built in the 12th century during the reign of King Sverre. The tower is believed to have been five stories tall.

Roman village discovered in Wiltshire

Silbury Hill in Wiltshire, England may contain more than a Neolithic mound. It may also be the site of a first century Roman village. "English Heritage geophysicist Dr Neil Linford said: 'We are really excited by this discovery because we had no idea that a Roman village of such a size lay this close to Silbury Hill.'"

Ravenna: Italy's mosaic treasure trove

Joan Scobey of the Post-Gazette travels to Ravenna, Italy, the ancient capital of three empires, and describes its historic pleasures for her readers.

Muslim tiles herald early mathematical breakthroughs

A new study of Islamic tile art indicates that the designers had made stunning breakthroughs in mathematics. The quasicrystalline designs, produced in the 15th century, were not created until 500 years later in the western world.

Globe Theatre: a new look

The producers of Reinventing the Globe: A Shakespearean Theater for the 21st Century, an exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C., have turned over the famous building to the imaginations of five architects with the command to modernize the building.