We have taken this long dry spell for granted on the excavation so it was a shock to the system to experience our first day of rain. Fortunately, the rain helped show up contrasts in soil deposits in the section face wonderfully. It also provided an opportunity to catch up on some site homework. In between the showers, Billy Sines started to draw the sections. In the late morning we had very important visitors from the Royal Irish Academy Archaeology Committee, who have provided a research grant for this excavation, Ian Doyle (Heritage Council of Ireland) and Dr Edel Bhreathnach (The Discovery Programme) with Raghnall O’Floinn, recently retired from the National Museum of Ireland. In the afternoon we were able to do some digging and Matthew and Sadhbh uncovered a large deposit of red burnt soil and stones with animal bones, which have been sampled from the great pit. A large group of very enthusiastic children from Teach na nDaoine family resource centre, Monaghan, offered to help out on the excavation and their examination of our spoil heap produced numerous pieces of quartz, worked chert and a flint flake. So thank you guys!
Today was the last day on the site for two of our intrepid diggers. We thank Ciarán McDonnell and Comhall Ferriter for their magnificent contribution.
More importantly, Lorna Siggins refers to the excavation in an article in the Weekend Section of the paper.