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Extreme experimental archaeology

July 1, 2010

I hadn’t heard about the project at Guédelon until today, when I came across this BBC story. Apparently the construction has been going on for over a decade, which I think disqualifies this story as “news” in the traditional sense of the word, but it’s still news to me.

It’s definitely an ambitious project, which I suppose you’d expect given that they’re building an entire medieval castle.  They’re not scheduled to complete the castle until 2023, or more than 25 years after the beginning of construction.

You can see a rather striking contrast if you look for the castle in Google Earth (you can see it in Google Maps here, but if you look at it in Google Earth you also get some nice pictures people have uploaded).  If you zoom in on the castle, and then move to the southwest, there’s a parking lot about as big as the actual castle site.  I suppose that’s one thing that separates this from a real 13th century castle.

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