Bective excavations Blog

Day 13 – 2012 Excavations: Cutting R Completed and a great fieldtrip to Rathmore
July 18, 2012, 7:57 pm
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A blue sky peaked through the clouds and fine weather in the morning spurred us on to  great things. Cutting R in the monastic garden is finished and Rosanne and James started to plan the series of medieval compost-filled furrows. Stone-lintelled drain-like features are being exposed in Cutting P. Maybe they  are related to some kind of industrial activity? Sadhbh keeps going down in the curved structure that was built onto the lay-brothers range. She found the stem of a bronze pin in it (find of the day) and some ‘Trim ware’. We are going to start moving some of the collapse stones in the lay-brothers range tomorrow and see if can we find the original floor. In the afternoon we went on a field trip to Rathmore medieval tower house and church led by our own Bective digger Siobhan who has undertaken a study of the settlement there. It was a brilliant tour. Many Thanks Siobhan and the landowners involved.!

Garden Cutting R from the south. Although this cutting did not reveal a central water feature (as hoped) the medieval furrows yielded wonderful evidence for composting and their contents will tell the story of the Cistercian diet.

Cutting S North from the south. The stones represent a collapsed building. They were expertly troweled by Katherine. This photo was taken just before the heavens opened.

Cutting S South from the east. The end wall of the lay-brothers range is on the left. The end of the collapsed building and burnt layers are to the right.

Callum, Kia, Shane, Richard, Alanna and Siobhán, the future of Irish archaeology.

Siobhán Rhennisch tells the crew about the history of the towerhouse of Rathmore.

The crew on top of the motte/ringwork/ringfort examining the entrance of the towerhouse.

Siobhán continues the tour with a discussion of the history and architecture of the Church at Rathmore. Siobhan has just completed a masterful study of the medieval settlement at Rathmore.

The last stop on the tour was to the late-medieval cross outside the church.

To home through the fields.


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