The Coffee Shop – Building a Medieval Castle (video)

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From Great Big Story:

It’s hard to fathom how magnificent castles were built centuries ago. One group set out to understand just that by building their own masterpiece two hours outside of Paris. Tucked away in a forest, a team of master builders and archeologists are attempting to construct Guédelon, a castle from the 13th century, using only medieval techniques.

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3 Responses to The Coffee Shop – Building a Medieval Castle (video)

  1. pete says:

    I saw this a week or so ago on one of the educational channels. I really liked the “hamster wheel” powered hoist for lifting the stone blocks to the top of the wall. Goes to show how cheap human labor was at the time, the horses were busy doing more important things.

  2. wordcloud9 says:

    Thanks Joy!

    The roll-up-your-sleeves-and-recreate-it projects fascinate me – the best way to figure out how it was done, because you know the original builders had to learn by trial-and-error too.

  3. Pete, a human hamsterwheel trebuchet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RN18I-RBVm4

    Nona, yes, this. And it also d that demonstrates that humans past were often highly skilled and quite ingenious.

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