Oristown – Some Conversations

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Innocent Landscapes, Resumed Search, Oristown, January 2011

The resumed search here at Oristown, which began in late summer 2010 continues its slow pace along three banks of turf with a solemn intensity. The bog if not frozen has the consistency of porridge to a depth of six inches or so, which makes walking across it an unpleasant experience. One feels all energy being leeched away into the cold sodden earth and yet this place possesses a quiet beauty that is reassuring. On this late January afternoon many locals are out walking along the narrow road that traverses this landscape nearby, either attempting to fulfill new year resolutions or simply glad to escape the house on such a fine winters day. Some make their way along the small road into the bog to have a look at the ‘the dig’, assess it’s progress and occasionally offer me an opinion if we start up a conversation. All mention that word ‘closure’ and hope for a positive conclusion. At this point in time I am not so optimistic, maybe trudging through that soft dirty bog is getting to me but no matter, on it will go until the ever mobile red sticks that mark the boundaries of the search run up against a natural topographical conclusion. At which point the clawing arms of the JCB’s and patient watching of the time teams will withdraw with a quiet dignity.

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Innocent Landscapes, Resumed Search, Oristown, January 2011