Dating discovery in Irish Independent

Louise Walsh, Drogheda journalist and mother of excavation stalwart Comhall Ferriter, published a piece on our Late Neolithic date in the Irish Independent of 30 March 2021. We thank Louise for her continuing interest in our excavation.

https://m.independent.ie/irish-news/news/bru-na-boinne-links-to-site-where-medieval-monks-made-bread-40254629.html

Late Neolithic Pit Circle, It’s official!

Readers of this blog will know that the Beaubec Excavations team were recently awarded a Radio Carbon date from the RIA/QUB (see 4 December 2020). The result is just in, the envelope please: the pit circle dates to 2456–2208BC! We can now confirm that there is a Late Neolithic horizon at Beaubec uniting this part of the Boyne Valley with those monuments found in the summer of discoveries in 2018 and similar Neolithic circles found in Laytown/Bettystown during the Celtic Tiger years.

This exciting news has just arrived and we thank everyone in the 14CHRONO Centre for their hard work during these difficult times.

The calibration curve for the Beaubec pit KF3

Plans and sections of pits comprising a small portion of the Beaubec Pit Circle now dated to c.2333BC

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The Chrono Centre | Radiocarbon Dating & Isotope Analysis | QUB, Belfast

Our thanks to the Royal Irish Academy and Queen’s University Belfast for the award of this C14 date.

Creedon’s Atlas of Ireland Comes to Beaubec

John Creedon came to Beaubec last July and the programme RTÉ made that day aired on Sunday, 14 March 2021 at 6:30 PM. You can now see it on the RTE player. The entire series is well worth a watch, but the segment on Beaubec is in the second episode at 9:00 minutes, enjoy!

https://www.rte.ie/player/series/creedon-s-atlas-of-ireland/SI0000005960?epguid=IH000402197

Filming last July on Creedon’s Atlas of Ireland (photo: Mick Mongey).

John Creedon discusses the upcoming series with Damien O’Reilly on CountryWide from 28:00. Co-Director of the Beaubec excavations, Geraldine Stout, is on the same show at 33:00.

Archaeology Ireland report on plague pot discovery

This issue of Archaeology Ireland features a five page account of the Beaubec excavations. The magazine’s editor, Sharon Greene writes: ‘Geraldine and Matthew Stout’s article on their excavations at the medieval grange of Beaubec, Co. Meath, also reals changes in the past and present. They managed to excavate this summer despite all the new health and safety measures of social distancing, mask wearing and additional sanitising, and they share here their interesting discoveries—not least of which was a pottery vessel potentially associated with a much earlier pandemic. Thinking of the devastating effects of the Black Death on the Irish population in the fourteenth century is enough to make one very thankful for the medical advances that have been made since.’

Archaeology Ireland

A subscription to Archaeology Ireland makes a perfect Christmas gift!

It’s a date (or it soon will be)

Every year the Royal Irish Academy in association with Queen’s University Belfast offers radiocarbon dating for up to twelve applicants to be used for the purposes of archaeological research in Ireland. We are thrilled to announce that Beaubec excavations has won one of these awards and will use it to date the charcoal layer at the base of the pit in Cutting K. This pit may be part of a Late Neolithic pit circle. Getting this award will tell us, one way or another, if there there is a Late Neolithic horizon at Beaubec.

Tom and Penny sample the burnt material from the pit in Cutting K.

Beaubec awarded grant from the Community Monuments Fund!

In a breathtaking initiative from the Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Mr Malcolm Noonan, grants were made available for the development of Conservation Management Plans for archaeological monuments in private ownership. These grants, awarded by the National Monuments Service, are aimed at identifying measures for conservation of monuments and improving public access. Beaubec has received one of these grants! John McCullen made the application for this funding with the support of Meath County Council’s Heritage Office Loretto Guinan. The award of €5,000 will go towards an assessment of the conservation needs of the Service Tower at Beaubec and the preservation and presentation of features uncovered during the recent excavation. This award has enabled the Beaubec Project to commission a site assessment from Chris Southgate of Southgate Associates, Middleton Co. Cork. Southgate Associates is one of Ireland’s longest established specialist heritage conservation practices. Co-director of the excavations at Beaubec, Dr Matthew Stout, is the archaeological advisor for the project.

Land owner John McCullen (left) and conservation architect Chris Southgate discuss the Conservation Management Plan at Beaubec.

International recognition

The Beaubec excavations have featured in Smithsonian Magazine! Drawing on newspaper articles by Louise Walsh and Alison Comyn, science journalist Alex Fox has presented our successful season to an international audience. The article features a link to our blog and to our twitter presence. Read all about it:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/13th-century-french-monks-baked-sourdough-ireland-180975888/

In another international development, Beaubec has featured in an online science magazine in Poland. The article by Anna Błońska can be viewed using the following link.

https://kopalniawiedzy.pl/klasztor-cystersow-Beamore-piekarnia-piec-latryna-Geraldine-Stout,32704

Sourdough

Drogheda Journalist Louise Walsh wrote a piece for today’s (Monday, 21 September 2020) Irish Independent. It beautifully captures both our discoveries from the last season and the precautions that we had to take on account of the Covid virus. Head out to buy your copy now!

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/sourdough-bakery-and-toilet-air-freshener-found-in-medieval-monk-settlement-in-meath-39548158.html

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