Bective excavations Blog

Day 9 – 2012 Excavations: Capital Capital!
July 12, 2012, 7:37 pm
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Archaeology is not all about finds. The day saw the further exposure of medieval walls and the ongoing analysis of environmental samples. Still, we were thrilled when the crew in Cutting P discovered a carved stone capital with ‘stiff-leaf’ design. This probably came from the 14th/15th century Abbey cloister. Rob made the discovery but he selflessly gave credit to his team that helped make it all possible. Another shelter, a Mark IV design modification, was erected over Cutting Q. The crew there are looking for an elusive medieval ditch. Twin medieval furrows, packed with organic waste, were uncovered in the Garden Cutting R. The material was floated and contained shells, grain, animal bone and medieval pottery. The burning layers within the lay brothers range have been exposed and we expect great discoveries in the next few days.

Find of the day; a fourteenth/fifteenth century carved capital from the abbey cloister.

Canoeists from Antrim and France paddled three hours from Trim in to visit Bective.

Olive (right) from nearby Kilmessan spent the morning on the excavation. She helped with the finds and supplied excellent fairy cakes. Thank you Olive.

Designer Noel (on left in yellow shirt) and his able assistant Connall admire the shelter Mark IV™ over Cutting Q.

A dividing wall within the lay brothers range can be seen on the left. The burnt layer is being exposed.

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