Archaeology field school to open at Welsh abbey

Started by gash, July 01, 2019, 05:07:21 pm

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The first archaeology field school will be held in mid Wales amid warnings of a lack of archaeologists in the UK.

The Strata Florida Trust is opening a trench on the site of the ruins of the 12th Century Cistercian abbey in preparation for the school in August.

Numerous artefacts have been found during previous digs at the site near Pontrhydfendigaid, Ceredigion.

The aim of the school is to provide vocational training and archaeology skills to members of the public.

David Austin, from the Strata Florida Trust, said participants were "going to be discovering new things all the time - big structures like the abbey's 12th Century aqueduct, buildings where we're excavating".

"It's 126 acres of archaeology and some of it is up to five or six feet deep beneath our feet. So there's a huge treasure house here."

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