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Postby Baker » 01 Jul 2010, 07:39

This didn't fit into the wierd stuff category, so I've given it a thread of it's own.

France's new medieval castle


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Deep in the forests of central France, an unusual architectural experiment is half-way to completion, as a team of masons replicates in painstaking detail the construction of an entire medieval castle.

The ­Chateau de Guedelon was started in 1998, after local landowner Michel Guyot wondered whether it would be possible to build a castle from scratch, using only contemporary tools and materials.


It's not just a folly. It was started as a way to give local people some employment. It is also yielding lots of information about historical building methods.

And Guedelon is also highly respected in the academic world. Experts are fascinated by what the experiment can teach about medieval building methods.

One example concerns lime kilns, used for making the mortar. Archaeologists had often wondered why they found traces of two separate kilns at construction sites.

Experience at Guedelon showed that, in a day's work, builders often needed to top up the mortar brought in from the main kiln with small amounts made close at hand. Hence the small second kiln actually inside the castle.


It's now quite a popular tourist site. So, it's a winner all round. :-)

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Re: Hey, That's Great!

Postby Athena » 01 Jul 2010, 07:51

How cool :bounce: I would love to see that
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Re: Hey, That's Great!

Postby ElaineB » 01 Jul 2010, 08:08

Michel Guyot wondered whether it would be possible to build a castle from scratch, using only contemporary tools and materials.

Did he doubt that castles had existed? Or did he think they'd been built by aliens? :scratch:
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Re: Hey, That's Great!

Postby Nurse Jo » 01 Jul 2010, 08:34

Excellent. I love projects like this.
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Re: Hey, That's Great!

Postby FranW » 01 Jul 2010, 08:58

Flying cars!

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The Terrafugia completed its maiden voyage last March in upstate New York. According to its maker, the Terrafugia can transform from a roadable vehicle that can hit a highway speed of 65 mph to a winged aircraft in 30 seconds. The plane version can cruise at about 115 mph (185 kph) and cover about 400 miles (644 kilometers) worth of turf before needing a refill of regular unleaded gas.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38007469/ns ... nnovation/
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Re: Hey, That's Great!

Postby Nurse Jo » 01 Jul 2010, 09:15

Oh, I want one, NOW.
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Re: Hey, That's Great!

Postby wildlx » 01 Jul 2010, 09:20

I had seen the castle news at BBC. Wonderful idea. The site is worth visiting too. There is a video:
http://www.guedelon.fr/
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Re: Hey, That's Great!

Postby Sacchi » 01 Jul 2010, 11:21

I know of people who have built castle-assaulting catapults (trebuchets, I think). They should get together.
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Postby Deb » 01 Jul 2010, 12:46

They never build castles around here! :mad:
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Postby BUmber » 01 Jul 2010, 13:15

Be the first Deb.
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