Bective excavations Blog


Day 7 – School of Rock
July 15, 2009, 8:26 pm
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Today Stephen Mandel (Geologist and Managing Director CRDS) came to the site and gave all the participants an introduction to the geology of Bective Abbey. All the sandstone used in the abbey is confined to its earliest building phase. We visited a limestone quarry across the river from the abbey which was the source of its building stone. On the site the cutting progressed downwards and more medieval pottery was discovered. The weather was great again despite torrential rainfall elsewhere in the country. The gods are looking after us.

 

Irish Archaeological Field School examine the stonework in the Abbey cloister.

Irish Archaeological Field School examine the stonework in the Abbey cloister.

Stephen Mandel (left) show the source for the Abbey's limestone and shale.

Stephen Mandel (left) show the source for the Abbey's limestone and shale.

 

The geology of the Bective area.

The geology of the Bective area.

 

 

View of Bective Abbey from the limestone quarry.

View of Bective Abbey from the limestone quarry.

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