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French Archaeologists Are Building a 13th Century Castle From Scratch

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A team of archaeologists started building a castle in France in 1997, and they don't expect to be finished until 2020. The whole thing would probably go quite a bit faster if they'd use any modern building techniques, but, of course, that's the whole point—the castle, named Guédelon, is being construction using only 13th century building techniques, down to the more than 50 laborers who have to do their work in period clothing, like they're actors at a renaissance fair. A mere 18 years in, the project appears to be going pretty well and should continue apace unless it's invaded by 13th century barbarians or the plague hits.

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