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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

Large 21-room mainsion found near Sphinx

A large high-status home containing at least 21 rooms has been found south of the Sphinx in Egypt in a 4,500-year-old urban site. Archaeologists excavating a city just 400 meters (1,312 feet) south of the Sphinx uncovered the house and nearby mound containing the hind limbs of young cattle, the seals

2,000-year-old mansion found in Jerusalem

Archaeologists working on Mount Zion in Jerusalem have found the remains of a 1st century mansion, lived in by an elite Jewish family. The mansion was built close to the walls of the Second Temple, erected by King Herod the Great in biblical times. It boasted a three-pit oven — a

French house untouched for 100 years turned into museum

A 19th-century house in France that was sealed up for 100 years has been turned into a museum, in accordance with the owner's final wishes. Louis Mantin was an aesthete and gentleman of leisure who bequeathed his opulent home to the town of Moulins on condition that a century later it

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