Bective excavations Blog

Day 14 – 2012 Excavations: A Day Without Rain
July 19, 2012, 7:31 pm
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It was a day for planning in Cuttings R and Q. Meanwhile in Cutting P a large team exposed a series of drain-like features. Peter found a very nice portion of a floor tile (find of the day). The curving passage in Cutting S South was finally bottomed . A sherd of undecorated medieval pottery and a piece of glass was found right at the bottom. The charcoal spread exposed in Cutting S South continues under the wall, confirming that it was built after the fire event. Stone collapse is in the process of being removed from Cutting S North and there is a backed clay layer indicating the intensity of the fire that destroyed the building. The environmental team have been working flat out to keep up with the extensive sampling. We had a visit from the School of Irish Archaeology under the directorship of Mark Kelly. The 22 children had a lot of difficult questions to ask us. I hope we got some of the answers right! You can find out more about the SIA by looking at

The curved wall as revealed by Sadhbh. This wall was added to a wall which is itself later than the collapsed wall/burnt areas.

Peter (left), Tom and Gemma (standing) expose parallel drains/flues.

Conall completing the plan of Cutting Q.

Gianmarco (right) with children from the School of Irish Archaeology (SIA). THe SIA is the brainchild of archaeologist Mark Kelly. Mark worked on the Bective Abbey Project in 2009.


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