Bective excavations Blog

Day 10 – 2012 Excavations: Fine weather at the end of productive week
July 14, 2012, 11:20 am
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Cutting S North from the West. The ranging rod rests on a deposit of broken down mortar.

At the end of the second week we are down to medieval levels in all cuttings. The trowels are coming out with a vengeance. The garden Cutting R has a series of parallel trenches which are filled with kitchen waste and floored with charcoal. Fish bones and bird feathers are visible with the naked eye and the environmental sampling should produce even further evidence for the Monks’ diet. Removal of a mortar layer revealed a piece of mortared slate with traces of the original roof timber imprinted in the mortar (find of the day?). The environmental team set out a grid for sampling. They are still in search of the elusive medieval ditch in cutting Q. Cutting P produced a bronze button. We had visits from Eoin and Oisín, sons of Rory Bount and Tom Bates, father of Emma. We said goodbye to Laura Claffey and the tired crew looked forward to getting back to the site on Monday morning. TBINM (To bad it’s not Monday).

Workers on the site this week included Catriona Devane, Connell O’Callaghan, Dolores Kearney, Emma Bates, Eoin Blount, Felicity Kearney, Gemma Cooney, James Doyle, Laura Claffey, Lucas Griswald, Maria Duff, Michael Connolly, Michael Duffy, Niall Ó Cearbhaill, Noel Carey, Oisín Blount, Oisin McNamara, Peader McKeown, Robert Anderson, Rory Blount, Sadhbh McElveen, Sean Connolly, Siobhan McCormack, Siobhán Rheinisch, Susan Lyons and Tom Ivory. Thanks for all your help.

Lucas (centre) and Susan (right) lay out the sampling grid for Cutting S North while Matthew surveys the mortar layer prior to its removal.

Cutting S North from the south showing the compact burnt layer after the removal of the broken down mortar layer.

Young archaeologists Eoin and Oisín Blount.

Emma Bates of DKIT shows her father, Tom, some of the finds from Bective Abbey. Catriona Devane (left) has been in charge of finds recording since the 2010 excavation season.

Laura Claffey of the National Monuments Service cuts her farewell cake after spending a week on the excavation. The cake was presented to the excavation by Jenny,


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