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19th-century pool found at 12th-century abbey

A Victorian-era plunge pool has been found during restoration work at the 12th-century Abbey of St. Mary de la Pré in England. The discovery of a Victorian plunge pool has surprised archaeologists at a Grade II-listed 12th century Cluniac nunnery where Yorkists and Lancastrians fought the Battle of Northampton in 1460. Delapre

1,500-year-old Byzantine mosaic restored

A 1,500-year-old mosaic depicting ancient street scenes which was removed for conservation from the floor of a Byzantine church has been returned for display in Israel. According to archaeologists Sa‘ar Ganor and Dr. Rina Avner of the Israel Antiquities Authority, “The appearance of buildings on mosaic floors is a rare phenomenon

Villa of Mysteries restored at Pompeii

A two-year project to restore the Villa of Mysteries in Pompeii has finally come to an end. Italy unveiled the restored crown jewel of the ancient city of Pompeii on Friday, showing off a rare success story as it races to shore up the site marred by such mismanagement and neglect

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

Egypt’s Meidum pyramid to undergo restoration

The Meidum Pyramid in Beni Suef, Egypt, is set to undergo restoration work to make the site more tourist friendly. The Meidum pyramid consists of large mud-break mastabas which were originally built for the last third dynasty king Huni. Construction continued during the reign of his successor King Senefru. The architect who

Parthenon in danger of crumbling

After a boulder of "considerable size" fell off of the Acropolis in Athens, researchers have found that there is instability over a wide area of the flat-topped rock on which the Parthenon sites. Work to shore up the southern slope of the hill on which the 2,500-year-old temple complex sits will

Frescoes restored at home of Emperor Augustus

A project to restore the frescoes at Palatine Hill is now complete after years of restoration work. Lavishly frescoed rooms in the houses of the Roman Emperor Augustus and his wife Livia are opening for the first time to the public Thursday, after years of painstaking restoration. The houses on Rome's Palatine