Bective excavations Blog


Day 15 – A Busy Day on the Site
July 26, 2010, 10:36 pm
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Good weather allowed us to make some real progress on all fronts through the day. Kevin O’Brien and Elisa were busy with the architectural survey of the cloister. The long cutting 3 is almost bottomed. Large spreads of medieval charcoal and ash are spreading through cuttings 1 and 2. Lucas found the most exciting find of the day; part of the twisted lead surrounds for a stained glass window. Infirmaries in Cistercian Abbeys were like churches and this could help establish the true nature of the building we are excavating in cuttings 1, 2  and 4.

We had a welcome visit from Oliver Usher, a direct descendent of the Ushers who are associated with Balsoon House across the river from Bective Abbey. The church at Balsoon was part of the Bective Estate in the 16th century. Oliver kindly gave us a brief talk on the Ushers and showed the team some very old books on the family’s history. Ciaran, who worked so hard on the site for the first two weeks, visited s again with his family. Later in the afternoon, journalist Sandra O’Connell visited us with her family.

Surveying on the site.

Lucas with the leading from a stained glass window; the find of the day!

Oliver Usher (left) and Ciaran with his family.

Oliver Usher gives us a short presentation on the Usher family

We bid a sad farewell to Aine, Donal, Erin and Ben.

Journalist Sandra O'Connell with her family and site co-director Matthew Stout.

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