Plymouth and District Archaeological Society


Plymouth & District Archaeological Society

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Plymouth & District Archaeological Society (PDAS) consists mainly of amateur members with an enthusiastic interest in a wide range of archaeological disciplines. We wish to share our enthusiasm for archaeology in general and provide better knowledge and support for the abundant local sites in our area.

Visitors are invited to attend any of our regular meetings (coach trips require pre-booking) and we hope you will be tempted to become a full member. PDAS is open to all to apply for membership (membership information).

P.D.A.S. organise monthly winter lectures by invited guest speakers (winter programme). The summer programme consists of visits to local sites of interest. These are usually guided by experts with local knowledge of the site concerned (summer programme). The summer programme is augmented by coach trips to sites a little further afield. These are usually day trips but can occasionally involve a weekend away.

We also organise workshops to benefit those with a practical interest in archaeology. In the past these have included - surveying for archaeologists, geophysics and pollen analysis (archaeology workshops).

Any damage or threats to archaeological sites should be reported urgently to either The City Archaeologist based in the Planning Dept (01752 305433) or the City Museum (01752 304774). Archaeological finds should be reported to the City Museum.

Plymouth & District Archaeological Society


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Local events of archaeological interest organised by other (non PDAS) organisations can be found in Notice Board and are entered on our Calendar.




Monday 1st August


Leader: Brian Steele

The Walk and Talk will take you around the old Radford estate visiting the Radford arboretum and several old buildings around the Radford lake including Radford castle, about ½ mile in all. If there is time, there will also be a short PowerPoint presentation and a cup of tea. Brian Steele is a retired Community Education officer with a keen interest in local history. Meet at 7pm at the car park by the entrance to Mayers Way in Radford Dip, Hooe Road, Plymstock (SX 507 525). At the bottom of the dip a road goes off to the right (Mayers Way). This road goes to the Radford water treatment site and to Beckly centre. The car park is on the left before you enter Mayers way. Uneven paths in parts of the woods, so please wear suitable shoes.

Our meetings are held on the first Monday of each month and start sharp at 7pm unless otherwise indicated. They are open to non-members (except where indicated below) but a £4 donation is requested to cover our expenses. Appropriate footwear & clothing must be worn. Our walks are not suitable for dogs.