Bective excavations Blog


Day 10 – TV and a TD
July 17, 2009, 9:58 pm
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This was the most exciting day of the dig so far. In the morning, a crew from RTÉ led by producer Niall Martin arrived to film a day in the life of an excavation. They sure brought us luck. Just after setting up their camera a very unusual bronze pin was uncovered in the basal layer of cutting C. Then, as if all that wasn’t enough excitement, Minister Martin Mansergh, TD from Tipperary South and Minister of State for the Office of Public Works, came to inspect the excavation and view the abbey. He was accompanied by his private secretary Suzanne Mitchell, Dermot Burke, Principal Officer at the Office of Public Works, and Ana Dolan, senior National Monuments architect. Towards the end of the day we even found a wall near where the bronze pin turned up. Finally, and sadly, Mark Kelly who was supervisor on the site bid us farewell and transferred the trowel of authority to Liam who will be CRDS supervisor for the next two weeks.

Bronze double spiral pin.

Bronze double spiral pin.

 

Cliadhbh Ó Gibne (famed Donore boat builder) just after he discovered the Bective double spiral pin.

Cliadhbh Ó Gibne (famed Donore boat builder) just after he discovered the Bective double spiral pin.

 

Mark and Sinéad digging down to the wall.

Mark and Sinéad digging down to the wall.

 

The medieval wall.

The medieval wall.

 

RTÉ cameraman films a scene in Cutting E.

RTÉ cameraman films a scene in Cutting E.

 

Producer Niall Martin stages an elaborate scene for the short segment to be shown on August 24th.

Producer Niall Martin stages an elaborate scene for the short segment to be shown on August 24th (Photo: Irene Carroll).

Finds are shown to the film crew (Photo: Irene Carroll)

Finds are shown to the film crew (Photo: Irene Carroll)

 

 

RTÉ film crew examine finds from the site.

RTÉ film crew examine finds from the site (Richard Foley).

 

 

RTÉ producer talks with the Irish Archaeological Field School.

RTÉ producer talks with the Irish Archaeological Field School.

'You are so busted', Paudge (our mascot) steals a breadroll.

'You are so busted', Paudge (our mascot) steals a breadroll.

 

 

Minister Martin Mansergh and Dermot Burke of the Office of Public Works discuss the excavation.

Minister Martin Mansergh and Dermot Burke of the Office of Public Works discuss the excavation.

 

Dermot Burke, Geraldine Stout, Martin Mansergh and Ann Dolan at BEctive Abbey.

Dermot Burke, Suzanne Mitchell, Geraldine Stout, Martin Mansergh and Ana Dolan at Bective Abbey.

 

Mansergh, Geraldine and

Mansergh, Geraldine Stout and Burke in the abbey cloister (Richard Foley).

 

Martin Mansergh meets Donal from Grange Bective, a nearby townland.

Martin Mansergh meets Donal from Grange Bective, a nearby townland (Richard Foley).

 

 

 

Geraldine presents a bottle of whisky to Mark who passes on the trowel of command to Liam, the new supervisor on the site.

Geraldine presents a bottle of whisky to Mark who passes on the trowel of command to Liam (centre), the new supervisor on the site.

Photographer Richard Foley took the following photos at the site on Friday:

 

Cloister arches.

Cloister arches.

Bective Bridge

Bective Bridge

Bective Abbey, the album cover.

Bective Abbey, the album cover.

 

Tools.

Tools.

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I made a booboo about the stone tile …. will explain monday why that bit has to go on the editting floor! Opps sorry!

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