PLEASE NOTE: In light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, it is with great sadness that the Strata Florida Archaeology Field School 2020 has been cancelled. Therefore, all courses and digger days scheduled to take place between 30th June to 26th July 2020 will no longer be running. However, we have already agreed dates for the Strata Florida Archaeology Field School 2021! We look forward to welcoming you to Strata Florida from 29th June to 25th July next year when we will be able to continue excavating the farmyard, doing wider landscape surveys and ground-truthing.
Strata Florida Abbey (Abaty Ystrad Fflur in Welsh) is a captivating, evocative and internationally significant site located in the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains in beautiful Mid Wales. Known affectionately 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 medieval Cistercian Abbey became a key locale in the story of the Princes of Wales and has been the focus of a major research project for nearly twenty years.
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. There is also an option for a 4 week accredited 20 credit module, mainly aimed at level 4 students.
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.