While fairytale castles may be more associated with medieval Europe, the USA is actually home to many beautiful chateaus, mansions and palaces — you just need to know where to find them. Perched high on a hilltop overlooking the Californian town of San Simeon, the Hearst Castle Estate was built between and — according to designs by noted architect Julia Morgan — for newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains outside Asheville, North Carolina, the six-year-long construction of the Biltmore Estate , began in after George Vanderbilt visited the area and became enchanted by its beauty. Architect Richard Morris Hunt designed the room French Renaissance chateau, while acclaimed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted envisioned the beautiful grounds surrounding the castle, including the beautiful acre Azalea Garden, as home to some of the finest native azaleas in the nation. Today, the estate has its own vineyard and winery which produce award-winning wines and tours of the chateau — including its stately foot ceiling banquet hall and bowling alley.
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Radiocarbon dating also referred to as carbon dating or carbon dating is a method for determining the age of an object containing organic material by using the properties of radiocarbon , a radioactive isotope of carbon. The method was developed in the late s at the University of Chicago by Willard Libby , who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in It is based on the fact that radiocarbon 14 C is constantly being created in the atmosphere by the interaction of cosmic rays with atmospheric nitrogen. The resulting 14 C combines with atmospheric oxygen to form radioactive carbon dioxide , which is incorporated into plants by photosynthesis ; animals then acquire 14 C by eating the plants. When the animal or plant dies, it stops exchanging carbon with its environment, and thereafter the amount of 14 C it contains begins to decrease as the 14 C undergoes radioactive decay. Measuring the amount of 14 C in a sample from a dead plant or animal, such as a piece of wood or a fragment of bone, provides information that can be used to calculate when the animal or plant died.
Gogglebox stars Giles Wood and his wife Mary Killen are fan favourites on the Channel 4 show for their witty banter, as they critique the latest British TV highlights. But there is one fact about Giles in particular which is surprising viewers in Stoke-on-Trent - he was born and grew up in the city. The family business, S. Wood and Sons, based in Regent Road, Hanley , had been making tile fireplaces since the Victorian era. Not many Stokies have made the connection until now as Giles doesn't have that typical Potteries twang.
It is thought that Acheulean technologies first developed about 1. Its end is not well defined, depending on whether Sangoan also known as "Epi-Acheulean" is included, it may be taken to last until as late as , years ago. In Europe and Western Asia, early Neanderthals adopted Acheulean technology, transitioning to Mousterian by about , years ago. The type site for the Acheulean is Saint-Acheul , a suburb of Amiens , the capital of the Somme department in Picardy , where artifacts were found in John Frere is generally credited as being the first to suggest a very ancient date for Acheulean hand-axes.