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Day 5 – Abbot Augustine cuts ceremonial first sod at Bective
July 12, 2009, 11:28 am
Filed under: Archaeology Ireland

Cistercian monk and abbot of New Mellifont made a visit to the excavation to cut the ceremonial first sod. In a blessing ceremony that brought the thousand years of cistercian heritage into the present, Father Augustine prayed with the IAFS team for a successful excavation. The abbot had tea with with students and talked about the life of a cistercian monk today. Joanna Leigh came to the site to conduct a geophysical survey of the Abbey precincts. By lunch time, she had produced some very exciting results; stunning new evidence for the missing south range which extends beyond the boundary wall. Meanwhile, home on the grange, more stones but a hint of the medieval layers that lie below. Another tile fragment, which may have writing on it, and many pieces of medieval pottery. On Monday we should be on the exciting stratified layers at last.

 

Father Augustine, Abbot of New Mellifont Abbey, turns the ceremonial first sod.

Father Augustine, Abbot of New Mellifont Abbey, turns the ceremonial first sod.

 

Father Augustine and the Irish Archaeological Field School.

Father Augustine and the Irish Archaeological Field School.

 

Father Augustine at tea on the site. He inspects a floor tile.

Father Augustine at tea on the site. He inspects a floor tile.

 

 

 

Joanna Leigh shows IAFS student Joanna Kavanagh the intricacies of geophysical survey.

Joanna Leigh shows IAFS student Joanna Kavanagh the intricacies of geophysical survey.

 

Preliminary results of the geophysical survey.

Preliminary results of the geophysical survey.

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