Bective excavations Blog


Day 19 – The Final Whistle
August 26, 2009, 11:16 am
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The final day of the excavations saw the usual frantic efforts to finish up before the final whistle. A day is a long time on an excavation and this day saw the bottoming of the medieval ditch in Cutting E, thanks to some trojan work by Bernard, Andrea and Mark. The ditch is one metre deep and the bottom was a full 1.90m below the sod, a totally unexpected depth of deposits. A corresponding depth did not materialise in Cutting A. The students took some time out from this hectic schedule to help Kevin O’Brien with the architectural survey of the Abbey. We also had another birthday celebration on the site and Sarah baked the cupcakes. When it was all over we retired Crockett’s for well-earned refreshments. The students were presented with certificates acknowledging their participation in the Irish Archaeological Field School. Well done to all involved!
Andrea from Wexford takes a well-earned break from her heroic exertions in the Medieval ditch.

Andrea from Wexford takes a well-earned break from her heroic exertions in the Medieval ditch.

The last man standing … in the medieval ditch, Bernard digs out the last deposits from the Medieval ditch.

The last man standing … in the medieval ditch, Bernard digs out the last deposits.

Cutting E – The Medieval ditch was bottomed two metres below the sod.

Cutting E – The Medieval ditch was bottomed two metres below the sod.

Kevin O'Brien instructs the Field School participants in the ways of architectural survey.

Kevin O'Brien instructs the Field School participants in the ways of architectural survey.

Happy birthday John, happy birthday to you.

Happy birthday John, happy birthday to you.

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