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Conservation of 17th-century ship La Belle completed

Researchers have restored La Belle, a 17th-century French ship found in 1995. The restoration of the La Belle took 17 years in all. “Voracious” undersea worms did most of the damage to the ship, Fix said, by burrowing through the ship’s timbers. Archaeologists had to heave fragile, waterlogged wood out of

Roman mosaic undergoes conservation

A Roman mosaic from the 4th century A.D. has undergone conversation work at the ancient city of August Traiana in Bulgaria. The Dionysus’s Procession mosaic has been shown to the media and the public at a special ceremony in the Stara Zagora Regional Museum of History, four years after its discovery

17th century French ship to be reassembled in Texas

The remains of La Belle, a French frigate which sank off the Texas coast in 1686, are set to be reassembled after undergoing conservation work. "It's going to be a lot of fun. It's like a dinosaur, big and dynamic and magnetic," said Peter Fix, one of the assembly team members

EU sends $145 million to preserve Pompeii

The ancient city of Pompeii has been in the news as of late due to poor preservation practices which have caused structures to collapse. Now the European Union has sent $145 million to aid in conservation efforts. The European Commission will keep constant control over the (Italian) plan (to protect) Pompeii,'

Recovered Lusitania parts to be examined

A conservator at York Archaeological Trust is heading to Ireland to examined parts recovered from the HMS Lusitania which sank off the Irish coast in 1915. He said: “The Lusitania’s telegraph will, I hope, provide evidence of the very last command given to the engine room by its captain immediately after

Ur in need of conservation

The ancient city of Ur in Iraq is in danger of being damaged due to the elements, but archaeologists are reluctant to return to the city to begin restoration efforts. "Everybody likes the idea of excavations. People say we have to find ancient treasures," said Hamdani, who is involved in a

Historic cathedrals face repair struggle as conservation grant is cut

Historic cathedrals in England will be facing a struggle to undertake vital repair work as English Heritage is withdrawing a nearly $5 million repair grant. The impact will be particularly acute on older buildings. Lincoln cathedral, which dates from the 12th century, receives around a quarter of its income for conservation

Ancient trees saved in Wiltshire, England

Nearly 5,000 ancient trees under which King Henry VIII courted Jane Seymour have been saved by conservationists. "A handful of Savernake's trees are well over a thousand years old and have been here longer than some of Britain's oldest buildings," said Ben Lennon, planning and environment manager from the Forestry Commission. "They

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