Bective excavations Blog

Day 18 – Corn Drying Kiln Discovered
July 29, 2010, 9:51 pm
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Everything comes up at the end of an excavation. Leo Swan used to say that we should only excavate the baulks. A day after our discovery of the flue-like features in cutting 4, their function was established by finds in cutting 2. Today we got the head of a corn drying kiln and our instant environmental analysts turned up great quantities of charred grain. Geophysical survey resumed today when Joanne Leigh identified buried evidence for the east end of the abbey church.

We had visits from Raghnall O Floinn (of the National Museum of Ireland) and his daughter Sorca. Raghnall identified one of our tiles as depicting a Tudor Rose. A late and rare type of tile. He was also excited and delighted to view our Leinster Cooking ware. Una and Con Manning (Senior Archaeologist with the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government) made his annual visit to the site. Kate Sweetman and Hugh McElveen and his family also toured the cuttings. Rachel Barrett, Laura Claffey and Clare Breen (all of the National Monuments) visited the site in the morning and Rachel stayed behind to help us with the sections.

John celebrated his second birthday on the site (not that he is two years old, he just has been at Bective for his last two birthdays. Peadar left us, leaving a large gap in the excavation team.

That night the last of the Tara Lecture Series was given by Michael Potterton. This series was so successful that co-directors arrived too late to get into the hall. However, many members of the team were on time and enjoyed a superb lecture. Congratulation to Michael and Clare Tuffy and staff for organising such a fantastic series of talks.

The head of the corn drying kiln found in cutting 2.

Master troweler Ann Marie revealing the flue-like structures in cutting 4.

Bone specialist Alan Russell, Una, Con, Matthew examine the geophysical survey as carried out by Joanna.

Sorca, Raghnall, Jessi and Lucas.

Conal with Hazel and Lynn Magee (a first cousin once removed of Geraldine).

John celebrates his birthday by blowing out imaginary candles.

John and Peadar cut their birthday/farewell cake.


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