Bective excavations Blog


Day 19 – 2012 Excavations: Sun, Glorious Sun!
July 26, 2012, 7:36 pm
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The vista of a sunny day at last, energized all the team. We gave Cutting P a final facelift before its close-up. After lunch we took our last look at the drains and flues before they were back-filled by the OPW. Attention then switched to Cutting S North, which also needed its final trowel over, photographs and some planning. Rory and Rosanne completed this in record time, while Peter discussed our findings with an interested wedding group. Matthew, Rob and Conall homed in on Cutting S South and have almost completed the detailed planning of the drain and walls. Kevin O’Brien visited and threw a huge amount of light on many of the architectural features we have exposed. Last day tomorrow (gag!…)

Cutting S North from the west after excavation.

Horses inspect Cutting P after excavation. They seem to approve of the results after four weeks of work.

Shane sits amongst the finds and samples drying out during a rare sunny day.

Bective Abbey is a popular spot for wedding photographs. In this photo Peter explains the excavation process to the wedding party.

Shane returned to the drain in Cutting S South to visit the origins of his great discovery. The drain fill was floated and examined. Shane detected a bronze chape end in the sample. Go Shane!

Finds are numbered in the sun.

Matthew surveying in Cutting S South.

Rory and Rosanne draw the section at the east face of Cutting S North.

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