The chance to unearth buried treasures and record history

04 FEB 2020
Excitement is building as bookings open for the second year of The Strata Florida Archaeology Field School, with the chance to uncover treasures in the trenches of Mynachlog Fawr - a historic farm adjacent to the 12th century Strata Florida Abbey in Ceredigion, Wales.
 
An Allchurches Trust grant is helping to fund the field school for three years during the summers of 2019 to 2021 under its heritage grants programme. In its first year, the school welcomed participants from right across the UK, as well as France, Taiwan, Sweden, Japan and Ireland. 
 
The ‘diggers’ discovered ceramics dating between the 12th and 16th centuries. They were also able to play a part in tracing the number of buildings in the precinct and understanding the size of the Abbey, which is known to be much longer than the site Cadw currently displays to the public.
 
The farm was built over the remains of other structures which go back to the early years of the Abbey’s foundation in the Middle Ages. This year’s participants can look forward to being part of the team that unearths these structures for the first time in hundreds of years and record them for future generations.
 
The second year of the field school will run for four weeks from June 30th to July 26th, 2020. The school is being delivered by the Strata Florida Trust in partnership with The Prince’s Foundation, Allchurches Trust, University of Wales Trinity St. David, Breaking Ground Heritage and Sacred Landscapes Research Project. 
 
Grants Officer, Paul Playford, who co-ordinates Allchurches Trust’s heritage grants programme, said: “The first year of the field school attracted such a diverse range of ‘diggers’ and it was wonderful to hear the stories of their finds and how much they enjoyed the experience.
 
“The Strata Florida site provides 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 in an awe-inspiring setting.”
 
The residential field school is open to everyone from 18 years old upwards; offering a fully accessible training programme suitable for all levels of experience, from beginner upwards, providing an opportunity to take part in all aspects of an archaeological excavation. The non-residential courses and day courses are available to young people over the age of 14 provided they are accompanied by a responsible adult. 
 
All participants complete an Archaeology Skills Passport. The Passport helps trainees master core techniques to more complex skills. For those already with fieldwork experience, the Passport enables existing skills to be built upon and providing proof of experience and competence to potential employers. The field school is also able to offer to archaeology students an accredited four week, 20 credit transferable module for level 4 students. 
 
Participants can choose to book one, two, three or four weekly, residential or non-residential courses or Digger Day courses. Full residential packages include, accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner and refreshments. Full details of the field school are available here and can be downloaded from www.strataflorida.org.uk People can register for a place via the website or get in touch via email at info@strataflorida.org.uk 
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