Unearthing the hidden secrets of Strata Florida as field school prepares to open trenches

02 AUG 2019
Grants officer, Peter Mojsa, recently jumped at the chance to ‘join the dig’ with a behind the scenes tour of a new archaeological field school being funded by Allchurches Trust as part of its new heritage grants programme.
 
The field school, which will be delivered by the Strata Florida Trust in partnership with The Prince’s Foundation, is set to launch on 21 August, 2019 at Strata Florida, Ceredigion, Mid-Wales, and will run until 16 September. The school forms part of a three-year pilot project that has received £177,400 in grant funding from Allchurches Trust and is designed to encourage people to consider and pursue careers in archaeology.
 
On his visit, Peter was able to experience a taster of the experience the first visitors to the field school will enjoy, although sadly, he unearthed little more than soil! He was, however, also shown artefacts from previous digs on the important historical site of the 12th Century Cistercian abbey. These included a gold coin found by a young boy, which inspired him to pursue his dream of being an archaeologist. He will graduate from Exeter University this year.
 
“Strata Florida is an incredibly atmospheric place and you can feel the history that permeates the walls and the land all around you,” said Peter.
 
“The field school will provide a unique opportunity for people of all ages, from different backgrounds, with and without experience of archaeology, to take part in all aspects of an archaeological excavation. I’m sure the archaeologists of the future will have more luck than I did!”
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