Bective excavations Blog


Day 10 – ‘Them Bone, Them Bones, Them Dry Bones’
July 18, 2010, 7:25 pm
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The work continues to produce large quantities of medieval pottery, plough pebbles, iron objects and, of course, animal bones. Catriona Devane works at full tilt to keep ahead of the constant flow of discoveries. The animal bones are the special preserve of Fiona Beglane (Sligo IT) and today she gave the team a fascinating introduction to the interpretation of animal bone evidence (see her report on the first year’s animal bones on our blog). We were spellbound for almost two hours and now understand why we make such a special effort to collect even the smallest bone fragments. We were sad on this Friday to lose four of our crew; Jessica, Megan, Richard and Ciaran. They were a great help to us and we thank them and wish them well. I hope we can dig with them again in the future.

Ciaran, Richard and Jessica cut the farewell chocolate cake prepared by Sadhbh. Megan was in Trim at the time working on the architectural plans of Bective with Kevin O'Brien. We will photoshop her into the photo when we get a chance.

The excavation team gather in the site cottage to hear Fiona give her presentation.

St Malachy from the cloister at Bective Abbey. It has been relocated to the modern church at Johnstown, near Navan.

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