Bective excavations Blog


Day 7 – ‘Bone woman’ arrives, coracles depart
July 15, 2011, 8:18 pm
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'Its a family affair'; Cousins Katie, Kelen, Vanessa and Lorna at work on the subsoil in Cutting K.

Our ‘Bone woman’ arrived on site for the day which is always one of the highlights of the season. Fiona Beglane, lecturer in environmental archaeology in Sligo IT, has been analysing our animal bone remains since the Bective Abbey Project began and is providing insights into the farming and dietary habits of the medieval Cistercian community at Bective. Fiona advises us on our sampling strategy and enthusiastically teaches students to identify the different bone remains. In this years samples she has identified cattle, pig, cat and dog. There is always a noticeable increase in animal bone finds in the cuttings, following her visit.

Cliadhbh ó Gibne, National Boyne Currach Centre near Donore in County Meath, generously took our team out in his handmade currachs in the Boyne river at Brú na Boinne. It was a magical evening on the Boyne and we all got drenched sailing across the rapids at the weirs. Cliadhbh showed us some buried deposits containing leather, bone and burnt wood in the riverbank which we have reported to the Underwater Unit of the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs.

Before and after. Sadhbh builds up the spoil heap from Cutting J.

Fiona Beglane from Sligo IT delivers an inspiring lecture on animal bones.

Cliabh Ó Gibne brough the entire excavation team out on his traditional, handmade Boyne Curraghs.

Oisín and Constantine shooting the rapids.

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