Wednesday 11th April 8:00 pm

In her talk on the Bective Abbey project Geraldine will be discussing the results of four seasons of archaeological excavation that took place between 2009 and 2012 at Bective Abbey, Co. Meath. Bective, founded in 1147, was the first Cistercian monastery in Meath. Research excavations revealed the farming methods practiced by this monastic order, long credited for much agricultural innovation in Ireland. The chance discovery of a medieval barn – with drainage systems, plough and grain store – proves that the abbey acted as the nerve centre of their vast (1,800ha) ecclesiastical estate farm. Finds from the Abbey’s fifteenth century remodelling and subsequent transition into Tudor mansion, bring to life the material culture of the Abbey before and after the reformation and confiscation.

Dr Geraldine Stout, an archaeologist with the National Monuments Service, is the foremost authority on the archaeology of the Boyne Valley. She has published on various aspects of the prehistory and historical geography of the Valley including Newgrange and the Bend of the Boyne (2002) and Excavation of a secular cemetery at Knowth Site M, Co. Meath (with Matthew Stout, Wordwell, 2008). Her current research interest is the landscape of the Irish Cistercian grange. The Bective Abbey Project is one aspect of that investigation.