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Day 9 – A visit from the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland
July 15, 2011, 8:36 pm
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Rosanne Meenan (centre) welcomes members of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland.

It was a very busy day at Bective today as we got everything ‘ship shape’ for our distinguished visitors. The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland decided to honour us with a visit as part of their annual summer excursion. They were welcomed with a cup of tea which went down well.  We wanted to show them that the Bective Abbey Project has many strands of research. We set up 5 stations on the site; the abbey survey, excavations, ceramic finds, environmental and other finds. The RSAI members circulated in small groups from one station to the other which I think worked very well. Dr Charlie Doherty kindly presented us with a copy of his recent publication on Glendalough. Dr Niall Brady, of the Discovery Programme Medieval Rural Settlement Project, gave the team an inspiring, impromptu talk on plough pebbles and the iconic significance of those found at Bective Abbey. The fact that they are being found in such large numbers in a concentrated area at Bective, suggests that they came from a thirteenth-century plough that had deteriorated in a medieval barn.  This is the very building that we have been uncovering over the last few seasons. It was a day for VIP’s and in the afternoon Prof. Gabriel Cooney, Head of the School of Irish Archaeology arrived on site, then just before closing, David Sweetman. It was fortunate for him that Mrs Coogan sent over an apple tart and fruit cake to the site. Go mammy Coogan!

The RSAI visitors at Cutting H.

The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland field trip draws to a close.

Professor Charles Doherty of University College Belfield presents Geraldine Stout with a copy of his latest book to commemorate the visit of the RSAI to the Bective Project.

Niall Brady of the Discovery Programme gives a short lecture on the importance of plough pebbles in understanding the Medieval Period. Brady pointed out that the humble plough pebble is the icon of the economic miracle in Norman Ireland.

Lorna Lacey (not related to the deLacy whose head once resided at Bective) is assisting architectural historian Kevin O'Brien this summer.

Rory (right) exposes the freshly discovered wall crossing cutting K.

Dr Gabriel Cooney, Professor of Celtic Archaeology, University College Dublin, visited the Bective Abbey Project.

Chief Archaeologist (emeritus) with Geraldine. The last of a long line of distinguished visitors on this memorable day.

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