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 5th September


Prehistoric hut circles to a C19 rifle range

Leader: Dr Tom Greaves

Dr Greaves, now a freelance cultural environmentalist, has spent many years researching and exploring Dartmoor. On this walk of about 2.5 miles over Walkhampton Common, out to Hart Tor and back, he will show us prehistoric hut circles, a C19 rifle range, tinners’ gullies and earthworks from a national excercise testing shells in the 1860s. Meet at 6.15pm for a prompt 6.30pm start at the Princetown pay and display car park (SX 589 734). Rough moorland walking, so please be properly shod and clothed for Dartmoor.

Our meetings are held on the first Monday of each month. 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.

5th September 2016   Princetown to Hart Tor walk cancelled

After discussions with today's leader, Dr Tom Greaves, we have had to make the unfortunate decision to cancel today's proposed walk from Princetown to Hart Tor due to very heavy mist covering the moor.

If you meet or can contact other PDAS members, please pass on this information to avoid unnecessary journeys.

Apologies to all but we hope to see you at our first winter lecture on 3rd October which will be a joint PDAS / DAS lecture on "The Sherford Community - Old and New -" (Click for details). The complete winter programme will be sent out shortly.