Bective excavations Blog

Day 15 – 2012 Excavations: Archaeobotany at Bective Abbey
July 23, 2012, 8:49 pm
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Work continued in Cuttings S and P. The drains/flues were exposed in Cutting P, a cutting that looks more like spaghetti junction every day. After planning the stone collapse in Cutting S (north and south) we are into the burnt layers. A sherd of 16th century German stoneware was uncovered on the baked clay surface in Cutting S North (Rory discovered this find of the day). The relatively late find caused some consternation and might require us to rethink the dating of some of the activity around this burning incident. In the afternoon we had a real treat. Garden historian Lorraine Foley spoke to the team about the botanical legacy of the Cistercians to be seen in and around Bective Abbey. The talk was followed by a field trip around the walls of the Abbey where old plants sprout from the wall crevices. You can find out more about Lorraine’s work by going to her website ‘’

Workers on the site this week included Conall O’Callaghan, Lucas Griswald, Siobhán Rheinisch, Noel Carey, Catriona Devane, Sadhbh McElveen, Rosanne Meenan, Susan Lyons, James Doyle, Michael Connolly, Oisin McNamara, Peader McKeown, Robert Anderson, Emma Bates, Niall Ó Cearbhaill, Gemma Cooney, Rory Blount, Tom Ivory, Siobhan McCormack, Richard Dennis, Joshua Maloney, Catherine Bonner, Sarah Malone, Eimear Ivory, Shane O’Reilly, Alanna O’Reilly, Peter Dodd and Mark Kelly. Thanks for all your help.

Left without a leg to stand on. On Thursday night the bockety legs of our dining table were stolen from outside the cottage. Not to be outdone, Conall designed a table of banqueting hall proportions. They can take our legs but they cannot steal our pride.

Garden historian Lorraine Foley introduces the team to the botanical legacy of Bective Abbey.

Plants associated with Medieval monastic farming still flourish in the vicinity of Bective Abbey.


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