Bective excavations Blog


Day 14 – Tour de force
July 21, 2011, 6:28 pm
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It was a grey day, but the morning was dry. The team worked away polishing off their respective cuttings. Susan, Bective’s in-house environmentalist, developed a scientific and statistically viable sampling strategy for the charcoal layer in Cutting H. After lunch, some of the team went on a tour of two archaeological excavations. The first stop was to the Black Friary dig which is run by Fin O’Carroll. Then the team went over to Rosnaree where Conor Brady is excavating beside the River Boyne. Those who stayed behind drew sections and did some trowelling. The highlight of the day was a visit by Joe McCormick, father of Siobhán, one of the youngest members of the excavation team. Joe, who was also accompanied by his son Jonathan, drums for top Drogheda band Slowfoot. Slowfoot just played a gig with Sam Shepard at the Flatlake Festival in county Monaghan.

Susan (right) puts her sampling strategy into action.

Fin O'Carroll (right) shows the Bective Abbey excavation team around Black Friary.

Archaeologist Conor Brady from Dundalk Institute of Technology (third from right) and archaeologist Matt Seaver (right) shows the team around the excavations at Rossnaree.

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