Bective excavations Blog

Day 4 – Full of beans!
July 7, 2011, 9:22 pm
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One of Matthew’s history lecturers used to always say ‘The medieval people were literally full of beans’. This has become a reality at Bective where environmentalist Susan Lyons has identified a medley of medieval legumes from last years samples. It was a wet day and Susan took advantage of some of the down time by telling the team about her results to date. New members of the team, Katie and Vanessa, stripped sods in Cutting H, Meanwhile, in Cutting J, large quantities of medieval pottery were recovered. This was a very exciting find so high up in the stratigraphy of the cutting.

After lunch the team visited some of the local archaeological sites; the ringfort at Dunlough, Clady Church and the site of the souterrain in Clady townland. The weather dried up a bit and the tour ended at Bective Mill where Oliver Delaney (Jakes owner) showed us around.

Susan Lyons (right) shows Jordan the magnified bean from the 2010 samples.

Katie, from Whittier California, lifts her first sod.

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Vanessa (foreground), Helen and Lorna (background) strip sods from cutting H.

Leaving Dunlough ringfort after a 'truly inspirational' presentation from co-director Matthew Stout.

Geraldine Stout explained the history and significance of Clady Church to the excavation team.


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I’m really enjoying reading your daily blog, and the photos are awesome!

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