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Day 13 – Another great day in the sun

The sun once again split the stones and the hard work in the heat was punctuated by a large number of distinguished visitors. The kiln was all but removed as the day progressed at the west end of the excavation, while elsewhere, some cuttings may be down to undisturbed boulder clay. It is a wonderful thing that so many people are willing to donate their time and expertise to our search for the medieval grange of de Bello Becco. Experts in castles, pottery, engineering, 3D rendering, drone photography, environmental history, agriculture, local history, etc., etc. make everyday a learning opportunity.

The kiln experts gather … Billy Sines (second from right, Archaeological Consultancy Services Unit) heard that his kiln was being dismantled and he had to come to take one last look (photo by Grace McCullen).

Mick shows his 3d modelling of the kiln to Billy (Archaeological Consultancy Services Unit) (photo by Grace McCullen).

Deirdre is collating all the finds from the three seasons at Beaubec. Wes, official finds room mascot, is asleep in the sun at the right of the photo (photo by Grace McCullen).

Muireann (left) lends a helping hand to environmentalist Penny Johnston. Here the are seen examining soil samples (photo by Grace McCullen).

Caitríona is always hard at work but because she is so busy cataloguing finds in the finds room, she is rarely pictured in blog photos (photo by Grace McCullen).

Pottery expert Rosanne Meenan has joined us for the last two weeks of the excavation.

Elliot delivers finds up to the office.

Day 13 – A busy morning on the site (photo Mick Mongey).

This stunning photograph demonstrate the close relationship between Beaubec and the sea (photo by Anthony Murphy).

Distinguished visitors to the site this day included (from left) our host John McCullen, Matthew, Seán Collins, Martin and photographer Jimmy Weldon.

Renowned Drogheda photographer Jimmy Weldon is never in his own photographs.

Dermot McCullen and family with former Chief Archaeologist and castle expert David Sweetman.

With co-director Geraldine Stout (right) are Kathleen, Barbara and Mary Quinlan. Kathleen wanted to see what working on an excavation was like. Visitors Barbara and Mary brought strawberries and some lovely cakes.

Cistercians received one loaf of bread a day, so it is possible to estimate the size of the monastic community by the number of loaves that could fit in the bread oven. With these clay ‘loaves’ made by Eamonn, we now calculate that their were 45 cistercians present at Beaubec.

The excavation at the end of Day 13 (Drone photo by Anthony Murphy).

JPEG version of Mick Mongey’s 3D rendering of the kiln. Do to this advanced technology, the kiln will live on long after it has be excavated away.

Published by Matthew Stout

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

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