Architecture and Construction
Anything related to the design or construction of buildings, roads, aqueducts, etc.
Submitted by trbrown on Fri, 2010-11-19 11:40
Genevra Kornbluth's "Documenting the Luxury Arts" site has photos of artifacts and architecture from Roman to 20th century. Photos of the pre-17th century items include many not easily found elsewhere, including crystal and crystal intaglio pieces, ivory carvings, and game pieces (20-sided dice, anyone?).
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2010-11-16 10:18
Did the enigmatic smile of da Vinci's Mona Lisa hide sad memories of an impoverished childhood? A video clip from Discovery News looks at the childhood home of the famous model.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-11-14 09:09
Sycamore trees are the culprits in damage done to the historic Roman wall in St. Albans, England. Built in the 3rd century, the wall is what remains of a five metres high and three metres wide wall, circling the city, with a walkway on top. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-11-13 12:57
In honor of the 10,000th birthday of the city of Jericho, officials gave visitors a rare glimpse of a 1,200-year-old carpet mosaic measuring nearly 900 square meters (9,700 square feet) which once graced the floor of the main bath house of an Islamic palace. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2010-11-11 11:16
Archaeologists working on a site in Abergwyngregyn, North Wales may have discovered the remains of a Royal Court dating to the 12th century. The area has links to Prince Llewellyn.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2010-11-03 17:20
Teacher Karl James Langford and his students are on a quest: to find the lost medieval village of Whitelands near Porthkerry in Wales.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2010-10-28 19:05
"The main trouble is getting it through the door," said Nick Barnfield, project conservator with Cliveden Conservation, about the removal of the Berryfield mosaic at Colchester Castle, once the dining room floor of a 2nd century Roman townhouse.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2010-10-27 14:07
Every child - and some adults - dreams of having his own fairy tale playhouse, castle or pirate ship. Bespoke Play Areas specialises in children's play equipment designed to inspire creative play.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2010-10-20 18:16
An historic, 16th century stone archway on the grounds of Scone Palace in Perthshire was destroyed recently when a van driven by a contractor crashed into it.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2010-10-20 13:36
A team of volunteer archaeologists has discovered a rare Roman waterwheel dating to the first or second century C.E. near Cockermouth, an ancient market town in Cumbria, England. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2010-09-30 16:39
A two-room winery, dating from the time of the Byzantine Emperors Anastasius I (491-518 CE), and Justinian I (527-565 CE), has been discovered at the Byzantine fortress near the town of Byala on the Black Sea.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-09-26 17:38
A tiny fragment of the grandeur that was medieval London has been discovered on the bank of the Thames. A medieval terracotta roof finial, in the shape of an animal, dating to the 13th century, was found by an amateur archaeologist.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-09-18 13:43
Archeologists in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein are excited over the discovery of a five-meter (16 feet) wide portal through the Danevirke, a 30-kilometer (19-mile) stone wall built across Norhtern Germany by the Norse in the 8th century. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-09-18 10:18
In the late 13th century, Eleanor of Castile, wife of England's King Edward I died near Lincoln. In her memory, the king built a series of crosses at resting points along the road to London. Now London's own cross, under renovation for five years, has been unveiled.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-09-12 13:12
When it was built in the 2nd century, Lullingstone villa was the height of luxury for its owner, Publius Helvius Pertinax, a former Roman Emperor and Governor of Britain. Now the site is one of the best examples of Roman villas in the country. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-09-11 14:36
The construction of a new metro line in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, has unearthed some marvels including major sections of Serdica, the Roman city and vacation site for Constantine the Great.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2010-09-10 09:56
Archaeologists working near the ancient site of Vindunum (now Le Mans, France) have found an "exceptional discovery," a vast complex of temples dating to the first through third centuries C.E.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2010-09-07 17:16
Archaeologists may have to revise their conclusions on the Hartlington Stones in the English Yorkshire Dales from medieval corn drying kiln to communal bread oven. (photo)
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Mon, 2010-09-06 17:43
A window, complete with working wood shutter, has been discovered during repairs to a church in Boxford, England. Stonework and mortar have helped date the window to before the Norman conquest of 1066.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-09-05 12:44
Students learning to use geophysical equipment have discovered several large buildings at the Roman fortress of Caerleon in south Wales. Cardiff University's Peter Guest said the find was "totally unexpected."
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-09-04 11:27
Soon after the Norman invasion of England, William the Conqueror ordered the construction of a castle in the old Roman fort at Lincoln, England, casuing the destruction of over 100 Saxon homes. Now archaeologists have found their remains.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2010-09-02 17:43
The precariously-perched UNESCO world heritage site Skellig Michael, in Kerry, Ireland, is known for housing monks from the 6th through 8th centuries, but new discoveries may prove that an earlier fort existed on the site.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2010-08-25 12:59
An eight meter wide, stone block road, dating to the first century, has been discovered near the town of Dimitrovgrad, Serbia. Archaeologists believe the road was part of the Via Militaris, a major Roman military road.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2010-08-18 17:00
A roof finial shaped like an animal has been found along the river Thames during a Museum of London archaeological survey. [photo]
Submitted by Ursula on Fri, 2010-08-06 17:10
A new hall will host performances on the same ground where Shakespeare's plays were first acted. The predecessor to the Globe, known simply as "The Theatre," stood on London's South Bank. Its site was bought by an amateur theatrical group and has been under excavation since 2008.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2010-07-21 21:04
Archaeologists from Århus University have discovered the remains of 10th century wooden buildings which they believe are from the palace complex of King Harald Bluetooth, King of Denmark from 940 to 985, in Jelling.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-07-18 08:22
Archaeologists have found the remains of a medieval synagogue beneath Kebabish, a fast food restaurant, in Northamptonshire, England.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-07-17 07:10
Experts from Leicester University in England recently used the shards of a pottery drinking pot to date the building of fortifications for the town of Wallingford to the late 9th century. They believe the walls were built to protect against Viking raids.
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2010-07-14 20:19
The city of Acre in Israel, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the region, will receive support to its conservation efforts from a new partnership with the City of Rome and its mayor.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2010-07-06 17:18
A mini-series based on the novel Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, will premiere on Starz July 23, 2010.