Bective excavations Blog

Day 18 – Down the drain!
July 27, 2011, 11:00 pm
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A day is a long time in ‘archaeology’ particularly when you are on the final countdown. Catriona Devane has been working tirelessly on the registration and storage of this season’s finds and everything is up to date. This involves cleaning, form filling and data entering on computer. Good job Catriona!. The excitement mounted in the extension Cutting H with the exposure by Nóra Stout of a beautifully constructed stone drain containing a wealth of material. This had a stone paved floor and masonry walls. The fill was full of pottery, nails, a conch shell, bronze object and oyster shells. The flue was emptied by Laura Claffey and produced a basin of pottery, animal bones, fish bones and a possible piece of textile rope. The riddle was working overtime under the control of Rachel Barrett and Claire Breen. We had a wonderful visit from a number of youth groups from Simonstown and Trim including Coisceimeanna. Paula and Donal were their guides for the day and enthralled them with stories of Bective’s past. They were very interested and asked lots of  questions. They also helped Katie Lesley find her shoes! We had many visitors in the day including Con Manning and Ann Lynch from the National Monuments Service.

Catriona at work with yesterday's finds.

Single-handedly, Catriona manages to keep up with the avalanche of finds from the excavation.

All work and no play… Noel and Oisín show off their hurling skills during lunch break. Rumour has it that Oisín will play for St Pats in the new year.

A youth group from Trim are shown around the excavation by Paula and Nóra.

Spellbound! Paula explains the intricacies of archaeology.

Like the Pied Piper, Katie leads the Trim children dancing through the Abbey fields.

Emmet and Nóra admire the newly-discovered drain in Cutting H.

Archaeology can be cruel. Only yesterday Sadhbh and Noel were the talk of the excavation with their silver coin and curved chamber. Today they were yesterday's news.

Feature envy! Sadhbh looks on at the drain excavators.

Gor, what a scorcher! Rachel, Clare, Laura and Susan enjoying the shade on this fantastic day.


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