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Day 18 – Shelter from the Storm

We just returned from a fabulous feast at Grace McCullen’s so the blog tonight will be brief. In the morning we had members of the National Monuments Service come to discuss the works being funded by the Community Monuments Fund, granted this year to Beaubec. Conor Brady called in to have a look at the polished stone axehead and told us the exciting news that it was a prehistoric import from Great Langdale in Cumbria and was made from tuff. In the afternoon John Soderberg, an American archaeologist and Niall Brady, a medieval barn expert gave the barn his blessing confirming our classification. He thought it would have had a cruck-type roof based on the occurrence of regular depressions appearing in the surviving surface of the wall. This information will inform Elizabeth’s reconstruction drawings of the barn which we will put up on the blog at the end of the week. The cruck-type form of roof was also corroborated by Margaret Keane in the Archaeological Survey of Ireland and by senior Conservation architect Nicki Matthews. Thanks to all for sharing their expertise with the team.

The team from the National Monuments Service inspect the excavation and discuss future Community Monument Funding (CMF) projects. Beaubec has received significant sums for its preservation and presentation. In the photo are (from left) Senior Archaeologist Pauline Gleeson, Geraldine Stout, John McCullen, Martin Reid (archaeologist) and Claire Breen (archaeologist) (photo by Mick Mongey).

Shelter from the deluge (photo by Grace McCullen).

Aoife Quinn-Markey shows Geraldine her school project on Beaubec.  James, Brian, Karen and Cara have visited the dig each year (photo by Grace McCullen).

Aoife getting stuck into sieving material (photo by Grace McCullen).

Niall Brady, medieval barn expert and John Soderberg, zooarchaeologist, discuss the great barn of Beaubec with Geraldine (photo by Mick Mongey).

This photo shows the decorated sandstone window of the service tower from the back. How was this photo taken? (photo by Mick Mongey).

Lots of activity at the western end of the excavation. Niall Brady and John Soderberg look on (photo by Mick Mongey).

Misha’s Oscar joined us on site today.

Hugh, who worked with us last year, and his friend returned to see the excavation.

Beaubec excavations at the start of Day 18 (drone photo by Anthony Murphy).

Beaubec excavations at the end of Day 18 (drone photo by Anthony Murphy).

Published by Matthew Stout

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

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