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First-ever Roman roof reconstruction completed at Herculaneum

The roof of a Roman villa, thought to have belonged to a wealthy governor, has been reconstructed at the ancient city of Herculaneum. For almost two millennia, the piles of wood lay undisturbed and largely intact under layers of hardened volcanic material. Now, after three years of painstaking work, archaeologists at

Medieval roof decoration found in River Thames

A 600-year-old roof finial, an ornament at the top of a spire or gable, has been found in the River Thames. The object, which dates from the late 12th Century or 13th Century, is in the shape of an animal and would have embellished the ridges of tiled roofs. It