DAY 17 – Colleagues visit

We have reached the bottom of the outer ditch and so the crew is dry sieving the last of the feature fill and sorting all the tools and equipment to return to the OPW. Our environmental archaeologist has processed all the environmental samples and is now doing painstaking microscopic examination for seeds and charcoal. The remaining finds have been catalogued and the drawing of sections and planning of the pits and ditches is in full swing. Jo Leigh, who discovered this great monument, kindly came back from her holidays to help us with the survey work. It was great to see so many colleagues from the National Monuments Service visiting the site as well as our friend Kate Sweetman with three of her French guests. There is a great sense of relief on the site that we achieved our goal for this season and should have all our work done before the site is back-filled at the end of the week.

After the cutting was finally emptied, Geraldine and Billy set about drawing the sections.


The cutting at the end of the day with National Monuments Service archaeologist Karl Brady.
Muirne was the hardest working person on the site today. She single-handedly sieved through the remaining fill of the ‘great pit’. Here she has her head down, focussed on the task.
Visitors to the site today included, from left: Anne Lynch, former Chief Archaeologist with the National Monuments Service. Kate Sweetman and her three French guests.
Earlier in the month we had Professor George Eogan visit the site. Today we had the man who worked with George for all but 1 of the 40 years of excavation at Knowth passage tomb. Liam O’Connor listens to Geraldine describe the site along with his nieces Noeline Fitzsimons and Liz Maguire.
Mattison gives a tour of the site to Michelle and Etna and at the right, Geraldine’s colleague in the National Monuments Service Margaret Keane with her husband Mohammad.
Linda Newe and her son Steve. Both dug with us at Bective in 2012. Linda was then a student at DCU. Now Steve is a third year student doing archaeology at UCD.

Author: Matthew Stout

Lecturer, School of History and Geography, St Patrick's Campus, DCU

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