Bective excavations Blog


Day 4 – Flagstones and fieldwork
July 9, 2009, 11:08 pm
Filed under: Archaeology Ireland

The cows paid a visit to the site and left something to remember them by. Coming to the bottom of the stony layer there are hints of great things ahead- a flagged surface and charcoal spread. Some nice pieces of Leinster cooking ware came from the cutting today. The first of our VIP visitors arrived on site. David Sweetman of medieval Castles fame was immediately put to work identifying pottery-We have some early Thirteenth century ware! Spent the afternoon on fieldwork-Eavan gave us a splendid tour of Mellifont abbey, motherhouse to Bective. Mandy provided a lively presentation of the results of her pioneering excavation of a grange at Staleen, near Newgrange on the booth of her car. Tomorrow we have an exciting day ahead-we begin a programme of geo-physical survey in order to identify the footprint of the south range. It doesn’t get any better than this…

 

Our first distinguised visitor. Castle expert David Sweetman, former Chief Archaeologist of Ireland, inspects the site with co-director Matthew Stout.

Our first distinguished visitor. Castle expert David Sweetman, former Chief Archaeologist of Ireland, inspects the site with co-director Matthew Stout.

 

Tea on site, day 4.

Tea on site, day 4.

 

 

Car conference. Mandy Stephens tells us all about her excavation of a Cistercian grange at Staleen, County Meath.

Car conference. Mandy Stephens tells us all about her excavation of a Cistercian grange at Staleen, County Meath.

 

The IAFS participants visit Ireland's first Cistercian Abbey at Mellifont. They got a great tour from OPW guide Eibhlin.

The IAFS participants visit Ireland's first Cistercian Abbey at Mellifont. They got a great tour from OPW guide Eibhlin.

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