The Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust in association with the South wales Ironworks Networking Group are holding an Ironworks dayschool in Aberdare on 15th June. Please click on the link to download the flyer and get more information.


CBA Wales in conjunction with the Clywd Powys Archaeological Trust will be exploring all sorts of fascinating connections between wool use / sheep rearing and archaeology at the  the Royal Welsh Show (22-25 July 2019) and the Winter Fair (25-26 Nov 2019).

As part of the Council for the Protection of Rural Wales’s sponsorship stand for the Woolpacking and Handling competition, the archaeologists will be showcasing the impact of sheep rearing on our landscape and exploring the ways in which humans have used wool for their own ends. This will include looking at archaeological finds, displays of traditional crafts and opportunities to get interactive with fleece!

Come along to say hello and get involved – find us near the Woolpacking competition areas.


Development of breeds of sheep


Iron Age (left), Medieval (centre), Modern (right)

(source: Wild, P. 1988)

Start exploring with CPAT’s food and farming article.

and CBA’s research report on the Lost Farmsteads of Wales.

Living History Festival – Offa’s Dyke Centre, Knighton

13-14 July 2019

Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust, the Offa’s Dyke Association and CBA Wales present a weekend of Anglo Saxon and early Medieval excitement!

With hands on archaeology activities, talks, guided walks, YAC activities, storytelling sessions and more, this weekend is full of things to see and do.

Find out more via our Festival of Archaeology pages.

Beacon Ring Open Day

27-28th July 2019

Join Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust for an open day at their Cadw funded summer excavation at Beacon Ring hillfort.

As well as guided tours of the site, there will be activities on site to celebrate 50 years of the Offa’s Dyke Association – with the path passing right by the hillfort!

Find out more via our Festival of Archaeology pages.

Lost City of Trellech Open Days

27-28th July 2019

Once the largest settlement in medieval Wales, this fascinating site will be open this summer so visitors can find out more about the ongoing excavation, recording and developing understanding of Trellech.

More information on their website.




Archaeology Field School at Strata Florida this summer.

The Strata Florida Archaeology Field School will open its doors (and trenches) for the very first time this Summer. The School will run for six weeks from 13th August – 23rd September at the 12th century Strata Florida Abbey (Abaty Ystrad Fleur), a captivating, evocative and internationally significant site in Pontrhydfendigaid, Ceredigion, Wales.

This is a unique opportunity for people both young and old, from different backgrounds, with and without experience of archaeology to take part in all aspects of an archaeological excavation at this important historical site.

The field 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 the Sacred Landscapes Research Project.

 “You could be part of a team that unearths these structures for the first time in hundreds of years and record them for future generations. That’s an absolutely thrilling prospect, whether you are an experienced archaeologist or not,” said Professor David Austin, Director of the Strata Florida Archaeology Field School.

Full details of the field school, including timetable, fees, accommodation and FAQs are available through the school’s comprehensive brochure, which is available here and can be downloaded from People can register for a place via the website.

For all enquiries, please contact: Marcus Stanton, Communications Manager, The Prince’s Foundation.E-mail: Tel: 07900 891287. OR Helen Whitear, Community Engagement Officer, Strata Florida Trust. Tel: 01974 831501.                             E-mail:

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