Bective excavations Blog

Day 7 – Our Palaeobotanical Lab Is Open For Business
July 12, 2010, 10:31 pm
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Although there were dire warnings that rain would come, no drops fell on Bective Abbey for the entire day. Lucas and Jessi introduced the team to the Standard Operating Procedures for soil sampling and the first samples were processed with fruitful results. Wood, cereals and seeds were recovered. A distinguished visitor from Brussels arrived to the site today. Richard Thomas, a french stone carver of an international standing. He has worked all around France, in Venice, and has spent the last 15 years in Basel, Switzerland, where he leads the stone carver team at the cathedral workshop (Münsterbauhütte). He was impressed by the standard of carving in the cloister arches and compared them with some from Basil Cathedral. Meanwhile, in the cuttings, the post-medieval stony collapse is off in most locations and charcoal rich medieval deposits are at last being revealed.

The palaeobotanical lab on the site.

Richard Thomas discusses the carving of St Bernard with archaeologist Geraldine Stout.

Richard Thomas in the cloister at Bective Abbey near the location where Sophie Marceau stood in the film Braveheart.


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