I recently read a mystery novel that used the word palimpsest quite often to describe the ancient city of Fez, a city of centuries of cultures, languages, and religions superimposed one on top of the other. I inferred the meaning of the word but went ahead and looked it up:
ˈpalimpˌsest/nounnoun: palimpsest; plural noun: palimpsests
- a manuscript or piece of writing material on which the original writing has been effaced to make room for later writing but of which traces remain.
- something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form.“Sutton Place is a palimpsest of the taste of successive owners”