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Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House, eastmanhouse.org

Some stories we’ve been reading this week:

And, as we see every week, people keep finding old things:

  • Repairs to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem accidentally revealed a stunning eight-foot-tall Byzantine-era mosaic of an angel under plaster walls. Trust us, you’ll want to see the photos.
  • An incredibly rare 2,300-year-old ancient Greek gold crown was kept in a “tatty” box of old newspapers under bed for decades by its owner, who had no idea what it was. The crown looks beautiful, and we’re grateful for the photo of the “tatty” box.