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100-year-old beer bottle found in ancient church

An intact beer bottle from the early 20th century has been found in a 6th-century church in Cornwall. “There is a small amount of the original beer left in the bottle. So, who knows, we might even be able to work out which of Walter’s ales played its small part in

Using bacteriea to restore ancient art

Biologists in Spain are aiding in the restoration of 17th century frescoes in a church by using bacteria to eat away the grime. The Valencia team "trained" a strain of Pseudomonas bacteria to eat the saline build up, which was caused by liquid seeping through from pigeon nests behind the frescos.

Byzantine church unearthed in Turkey

A Byzantine church, dating back 900 years, has been unearthed in Myra, Turkey. Akyürek said the five-meter-wide and 10-meter-high temple dome had been partially destroyed, but the tiles on the roof were still in good condition. "The church most probably belongs to the 12th century A.D., but we will be

Roman town found in Bulgaria

A Roman town has been found in Sofia, Bulgaria, including a Roman palace, baths and burial sites, as well as a 13th century church. [Thx Frank!] Archaeologists believe the site - which formed the intersection of the two major streets of the ancient Roman town Ulpia Sedica - could prove

5th-century Coptic church found in Egypt

Excavations at the Avenue of the Sphinxes in Luxor have uncovered a Coptic church which dates back to the 5th century as well as a Nilometer, a structure used to measure the level of the Nile during floods. According to a statement released by Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA),

Hidden chapel discovered under house

The remains of a chapel has been found under a house, where it has been hidden for over 100 years. Pat and Diane Farley decided to investigate a metal grid in their home during a family party which had been puzzling them since they moved into their house. Beneath the

17th-century church footprint and artifacts found in Florida

The large footprint of a 17th-century church, as well as other artifacts, have been found near the Ocklawaha River in Florida. Work is slow and complicated because — as the mission was founded about 1627 and likely lasted until the Timucuan Rebellion of 1656 — nothing remains of the 350-year-old site

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