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The secrets of a diary written on castle floorboards - BBC News

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A hidden diary written by a carpenter on the floorboards of a French Alpine chateau provides a rare insight into the private lives of villagers in the late 19th Century, writes Hugh Schofield.

When the new owners of the chateau of Picomtal decided to renovate the parquet in some of their upstairs rooms, they made a remarkable discovery.

On the underside of the floorboards - invisible until the boards were taken up to be replaced - were long messages written out in pencil. The messages were dated over several months between 1880 and 1881, and they were signed by a certain Joachim Martin.

Joachim Martin, it quickly became clear, was the carpenter who installed the parquet for the chateau's then owner - and what he left behind was a kind of secret diary intended to be read only long after he was dead and buried.
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"Bread leavened civilisation" from the comments

But it seems totally unsurprising to me. It's not like early people would say "let's invent farming and grow this grain that we have no use for".
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California ghost town sells for $1.4 million; buyers plan to develop it as a tourist attraction

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"We want to maintain the historic nature of the property while introducing amenities that will allow more people to enjoy the location," said Underwood, adding that the family's goal was to open it up to more visitors.

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Though an ambitious undertaking, he said the job has been made significantly easier by Robert Desmarais, the property’s caretaker for the last 21 years.

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Underwood is most excited about the saloon, which has been meticulously maintained by Desmarais. In addition to a pair of pianos, the space holds a card room, a long wooden bar and a wall of antique bottles.
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