Bective excavations Blog

Day 11 – 2012 Excavations: A Sundial But No Sun
July 16, 2012, 7:48 pm
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Despite the heavy rain in the morning, work continued under the ‘Bective Bubbles’™ The crew were dry and cosy. In Cutting Q the natural gravels were reached. There seems to be a medieval trench in this cutting but the ditch first uncovered in 2009 refuses to appear. In Cutting S North and South more of the lay brothers range has been exposed. In Cutting S North a layer of building collapse has been exposed below a cereal-rich charcoal layer. The latter is thought to have been the burnt remains of cereals and peas that were stored in the loft of the building when it went on fire. The compost-rich medieval trench in the Garden Cutting R has been emptied. Numerous samples have been given to the environmental team for processing. The registration and numbering of this year’s finds continues in the cottage/office. The find of the day goes to Rosanne who found part of a slate sundial. It is from post-medieval deposits.

The slate sundial. This is a relatively crude effort to make a sundial. The Roman numeral IX is given as VIIII. It still tells the time perfectly (Photo: Mark Heffernan).

Susan and Lucas at work on the flotation tank.

Charred grains and seeds from the interior of the lay brother’s range in Cutting S North.

Matthew and Peter exposing the natural gravels in Cutting Q. Oisín mans the shovel, buckets and wheel-barrow.


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