Bective excavations Blog

Day 17 – Domestic Turns Industrial
July 27, 2010, 10:10 pm
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A day is a long time in archaeology. In the last twenty-four hours our ‘infirmary’ has turned into an industrial zone.  We uncovered two parallel flue-like trenches with intense burnt deposits. Early sampling has detected apple seeds and burnt cereal. We have some bronze waste, charcoal and ash. It is very difficult to interpret. We are hopeful that the site will produce some form of waste from this industrial activity to give us an indication of what when on here. The environmental lab found evidence for worked wood, perhaps a destroyed wattle structure? Finds from these levels include local and imported pottery. One sherd strikes one of us as being Mediterranean. Specialists will be called in over the winter to interpret these finds.

In the afternoon we had a flurry of VIP visitors. Dr Ann Lynch from the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Ronan Swan, National Roads Authority and Dr Patrick F. Wallace, Director of the National Museum of Ireland all came to inspect the project. Refreshments at Crockett’s followed.

Cutting 1 showing the intense burning.

Worked wood recovered by our environmental team.

Post pad in cutting 2.

Ronan Swan, Ann Lynch and Patrick Wallace inspect the site.


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enjoyed all the information,I used to visit Bective with my Dad 40yrs ago. He would love to be around to see all the wonderful discoveries.
great work

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