‘Lost’ medieval church discovered by archaeologists in Wales

May 9th, 2009 - 3:20 pm ICT by ANI  

London, May 9 (ANI): Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a “lost” medieval village church in Ceredigion, Wales.

According to a report by BBC News, a team from Lampeter University found the 12th Century building after carrying out a geophysical survey, which located it underground in a field.

In the village of Swyddffynnon, near Aberystwyth, it is believed to be Capel y Groes, which was last recorded on the maps of officials in the 1840s.

The church was found by staff and students during a two-week field project last month, but details of their find have only just emerged.

The building is not visible above ground, but a geophysical survey located the church’s foundations in an empty field near a farm called Ty Mawr.

Research by the Strata Florida Landscape Project, led by the university’s Professor David Austin and Dr Jemma Bezant, has found that Swyddffynnon was the site of a medieval village.

Dr Bezant said that the church was probably a grange chapel built by monks from nearby Strata Florida Abbey in 1165.

The field project has also revealed a number of other archaeological sites that have never before been recorded.

This includes two possible prehistoric enclosures, two Bronze Age burnt mounds, house platforms, ruined buildings, trackways and quarries.

The team also investigated the site of a medieval corn mill. (ANI)

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