French builders go back in time to construct a castle the medieval way

French builders go back in time to construct a castle the medieval way

French builders go back in time to construct a castle the medieval way

Written by Staff Writer

17 Sep, 2016 | 2:13 pm

Blacksmiths, stonemasons and quarrymen are hard at work in a Burgundy forest building a 13th century-style castle using the most basic tools and materials, replicating the methods used hundreds of years ago to better understand them.

Deep in the forests of northern Burgundy, a team of 40 at Guedelon castle are using medieval methods to transform the site’s rich presence of stone, clay, water, wood and sand into a castle from scratch.

The architectural experiment was inspired by an archaeological survey that revealed a medieval castle hidden inside the walls of nearby Chateau de Saint Fargeau.

Those behind the project hope to answer questions about medieval construction and provide lessons on sustainable building.

Around 40 people work at the site.

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