Bective excavations Blog

Day 20 – 2012: Bective Excavations End
July 29, 2012, 5:21 pm
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With a mixture of emotions we arrived at Bective abbey for the final day of the 2012 season. The OPW moved in first thing in the morning to fill in the last of the Cuttings (thanks guys). All that remained to be done was some final processing of finds and environmental samples. The tools were gathered, cleaned and stored. Finds were placed in individual boxes of pottery, tiles, plough pebbles and clay pipes, ready to be handed over to the various specialists (watch this space). Once this was completed we began the next important task of picking teams for our traditional soccer match. It was a game of two halves, with one side receiving quite a hammering. We licked our wounds and headed down to Bective mill where our host Oliver Delaney, a true friend of the Bective abbey project, prepared a wonderful barbecue in a beautiful riverside setting. It was a wonderful evening. The team broke up and the directors are very grateful to them for their hard work (thank you so much guys!). The post-excavation phase of the project will begin immediately. We will keep you posted!

Cutting S North after excavation. The extension to the north-east was placed to find the width of the wall exposed in the main cutting and to find the eastern limit of the lay brothers’ range.

Cutting S South after excavation.

Pauline and Michael complete some last minute processing from the remains of the floated samples.

The men from the OPW who filled in our cuttings for us on the final day. Thanks guys.

Team Abbey line up for their pre-game photo.

Our host and chef for the end of excavation party was Oliver Delaney. Oliver has been a good friend to the excavation since our first season in 2009. He sports the commemorative T-shirt printed to honour the workers of the 2012 season. It features a design by Sadhbh McElveen based on the griffin tile from Bective Abbey.

Team Cottage line up for their team photo before the annual final day soccer match.

Neill, Peadar, Aine and Siobhán; four of our five original volunteers from the 2009 season.They participated in all four years on the excavation and have all graduated from their university courses in the time since the Bective Abbey Project began.

Dr Mark Clinton (right) was a surprise visitor on our last day. He discusses the finer points of medieval archaeology with Kieran Campbell and Catriona Devane.

A rainbow arcs its way over Oliver’s house. This has been a welcome home to the excavation since 2009.

As night falls the guitars come out. It is time to put down the camera and look for the tambourine. Good night Bective.


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