A major archaeological dig is under way in Paris to reveal the lost fortress of Philippe-Auguste, dating from 1100.
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2. GV & SV Excavations outside the Louvre with mechanical diggers at work (2 shots) 0.15
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5. CU & SVs Bones and artefacts being uncovered (5 shots) 0.49
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7. SV & CU Archaeologist with small find (2 shots) 1.11
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Background: PARIS, FRANCE
A major archaeological dig is under way in Paris to reveal the lost fortress of Philippe-Auguste, dating from 1100. The Grand Louvre project, in the forecourt of the Louvre Museum, is one of the biggest current digs in Europe. The work was scheduled to take two years, ending next January, with an annual budget of about two million US dollars. A team of 55 archaeologists and 120 workers have been carefully scraping away earth and stones. They have already uncovered the moat around the fortress, which measures ten metres (yards) wide and seven metres (yards) deep. Other finds include apartments used by Charles the Fifth, which date from the fifteenth century, rare crystal glasses with some still intact, ceramics, human bones and remains of carriages belonging to Francois the First. The initial twelfth century fortress was transformed by Charles the Fifth, and in 1527 Francois added a dungeon. Other alternations were made in the seventeenth century. The site, discovered during preparatory work for expansion of the museum, will be incorporated into the Louvre.
Source: REUTERS - FREDERIC FABRE