Bective excavations Blog

Day 14 – The Drogheda Boat
July 22, 2010, 9:53 pm
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The weather was dry on the site this morning and good progress was made in all the cuttings. After lunch the team had a treat in store for them; a visit to the Drogheda Boat. This boat dates from the 16th century and is perhaps the first archaeological excavation of a shipwreck in Ireland. Holger Schweitzer told us about the initial discovery, how each piece of timber was recorded and the model he has produced from the excavation and analysis. This work was undertaken by the Underwater Archaeology Unit of the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government. The team got to see the remains of the actual boat and a dugout canoe recently discovered in the Boyne River.

Holger Schweitzer presents the results of the excavation of the Drogheda Boat.

The excavation team on their weekly fieldtrip to the Drogheda Boat.

Holger Schweitzer with a ship's timber.

As large as the Bective Excavation team is, they could have all fit into the Drogheda Boat.


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