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Day 7 – 2012 Excavations: Dr Beglane returns to Bective
July 10, 2012, 7:46 pm
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Today saw the annual and much awaited visit of our ‘bone woman’, Dr Fiona Beglane of Sligo IT. Fiona was on the site for the entire day and gave lots of advise to the excavation team. She gave tray talks at the cuttings and a brilliant lecture on the basics of animal bone identification. Fiona will make archaeozoologists of us all. She arrived just in time to witness the discovery of a dog skeleton by James in Cutting S North. At lunch time we had yet another treat; a tour of Kilmessan by Richard Farrrelly, chairman of the Navan and District Historical Society. We were also treated to refreshments in Fergies Pub followed by a tour of the village and the 18th century church associated with the Preston family. Many thanks to all involved. It was a bright and breezy afternoon and a joy to work on the excavation for the rest of the day.

Fiona Beglane discusses the animal remains with the team in Cutting P.

James uncovers the skeleton of a dog. Fiona offers advice.

The excavation team and members of the Navan and District Historical Society on the steps of Kilmessan Church. Thanks to Richard, Eithne, Vincent and John.

The team observing a 17th century graveslab in the graveyard of Kilmessan Church.

A barrel-hoop found by Matthew in Cutting Q was perhaps the find of the day, but can you spot the piece of Tudor window in the section face?

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