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Strata Florida Archaeology Field School

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An archaeologist drawing finds during an excavation at Strata Florida Abbey
Join Strata Florida for an experience full of history, culture and archaeology!

Archaeological training for all! 28th June – 31st July 2022

We have a range of 1-4 week courses, accredited courses and day courses. Open to all, from beginners to experienced archaeologists. We aim to be the most inclusive field school in the UK, tailored to physical requirements and in support of mental health needs.

Strata Florida Abbey (Abaty Ystrad Fflur in Welsh) is a captivating, evocative and internationally significant site located in the heart of Wales. Known affectionally by some as the Westminster Abbey of Wales, it had its heyday in the 12th and 13th centuries and was once an important centre of culture, religion and trade, with connections spreading far across the Welsh landscape.

The school will offer a fully accessible training programme and include a wide variety of archaeological excavation and survey techniques; from understanding how to correctly use a trowel through to the collection of geophysical data for archaeological mapping. In addition to field-based learning, the school will have a weekly programme of field trips to local sites and monuments and talks from experts on topics of local historical and archaeological interest.

Our mission is to share Strata Florida’s unique history, archaeology, heritage and links to Welsh culture, with as diverse an audience as possible, including members of the public, students, volunteers, veterans and others.

The SFAFS will be delivered by the Strata Florida Trust in partnership with The Prince’s Foundation, Breaking Ground Heritage, Allchurches Trust, Sacred Landscapes Research Project and the University of Wales Trinity St David.


Location: Strata Florida, Pontrhydfendigaid, Ceredigion, West Wales
Region: Wales
Time period: Medieval, Post Medieval, Multi-period
Accommodation provided: Yes – camping accommodation and full catering is provided in the fee
Level of experience required: None – beginners are welcome, full training is provided
Academic credit available: Yes (the 4-week 20-credit module is now fully booked)
Extra on-excavation activities: Digger day experiences available in addition to week-long courses
Age limit: 18+ if unaccompanied; 14+ welcome on digger days and non-residential courses if accompanied by an adult on the course
Dates: June 24 – July 31 (currently only spaces in the final week, July 26-31; waiting lists available for weeks 1-4)
Cost: Weeks 1-4 – £350, includes camping accommodation, all catering and transport to and from the site each day (waiting list only); Week 5 – £550, includes camping accommodation, all catering and transport to and from site each day, an additional week of camping is also available and included in this fee
Contact name: Carys Aldous-Hughes
Contact address: Y Beudy, Mynachlog Fawr, Abbey Road, Pontrhydfendigaid, Ceredigion, SY25 6ES
Contact telephone: 01974 831760
Contact email: [email protected]
Website address: https://www.stratafloridatrust.org/join-the-dig
Social media:
Facebook – @StrataFloridaAFS
Twitter – @StrataFloridaFS
Instagram – @stratafloridaafs

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