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The original 1297 Magna Carta sits in its new state-of-the-art encasement, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at the National Archives in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The original 1297 Magna Carta sits in its new state-of-the-art encasement, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at the National Archives in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Magna Carta unveiled after repairs

The National Archives unveiled its 715-year-old copy of Magna Carta on Feb. 2 after a conservation effort removed old patches and repaired weak spots in the English declaration of human rights that inspired the United States' founding documents.