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17th-century artifacts found under mansion floor

Conservationists have recovered artifacts dating back to the 17th century in Petworth House in England.

The Marble Hall was built by the 6th Duke of Somerset in the 1690s as the impressive formal entrance for his new mansion. Apart from minor work in the 1920s to lay power under part of the floor, the tiles have never been re-laid, so these items were likely to have been buried during the construction of the original floor.

Over time some of the 17th century marble tiles have sunk and started to loosen, posing a danger to surrounding stone as they rub against them, risking breaks and cracks and making remedial action a necessity.

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Story: Midhurst and Petworth Observer | Photo: Midhurst and Petworth Observer

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