Bective excavations Blog


Day 6 – Great Fortune: Finds in Cutting 2
July 12, 2010, 9:33 pm
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On this sunny warm summer’s day fortune smiles on archeological legend Will Forbes in Cutting 2. He first found a beautiful (and only slightly bent ) bronze tweezers and then a coin mixed with wall collapse (a Charles II halfpenny c. 1680 – coins were identified by Kieran Campbell, thank you Kieran).  This set the tone for finds in Cutting 3 where Noel found yet another coin (a St Patrick’s day halfpenny c.1674). The sun also brought out some distinguished visitors; the Meath writer Mary Lavin’s daughter Elizabeth, her husband Diarmuid, her son Adam Boyne (who’s birthday is today, ‘the twelfth’), with Vickie and their son Aran. Diarmuid gave the students a wonderful introduction to the life and works of Mary Lavin. Thank you Diarmuid, there is no such thing as a free cup of tea at this excavation!

Richard, the youngest member of the team, scours the sieve for finds.

Will Forbes is delighted with his discovery of a bronze tweezers.

Elizabeth Walsh Peavoy inspects the excavation at Bective. She told the team many wonderful stories about her mother the writer, Mary Lavin, who lived near the abbey.

Elizabeth Walsh Peavoy, Rosanne, Diarmuid, Aran, Adam and Vicki

Diarmuid Peavoy tells the team about the writer Mary Lavin.

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