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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-
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 -
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.
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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.
WINTER LECTURE -
Monday 7th March 2016
ROMAN BURIALS & FUNERARY ACTIVITY:
Recent excavations in Gloucestershire & near London
Laurie Coleman is Principal Fieldwork Manager & Exeter Office Head for Cotswold Archaeology with 20 years experience of commercial archaeological fieldwork in SW England. His talk will be on the unusual Late Roman bustum burials; a single rich burial identified at Denham, near Uxbridge; the Roman cemetery excavated at the site of the Bridges Garage, Cirencester, and the Late Roman burials (forming part of the Barton Cemetery) recently excavated during redevelopment at Brunswick Road, Gloucester. Bustum burials are unusual in that the funeral pyre is built over the grave so that all the remnants of the pyre fall into the grave and are buried.
Laurie Coleman has worked at Cotswold Archaeology since 1996 and has supervised the excavation of numerous sites across southern England, including at Coxside, Plymouth.
Winter lectures are held on Monday evenings at 7:00 pm in the Devonport Lecture Theatre of the Portland Square Building, Plymouth University. Non-
|Medieval & Post-Medieval Kiln Technology|
|Hillforts: Their Use and Reuse|
|Livestock & Landscape West of Wessex|
|Mills in the Devon Landscape|
|Maritime Disaster in the Scillies|
|The Archaeology & History of Beavers in Britain|
|Medieval landscape of SW England|
|Skeletal Remains from Athenaeum Burial Ground|
|Ivybridge Archaeologists Tour of Ireland|
|Air Survey in Lowland Devon|
|Royal Naval Hospital|
|The Tavistock Canal|
|A Dartmoor Landscape - Farmers & Tinners|
|Mothecombe House & Gardens|
|Hound Tor Medieval Village|
|St Neot Church|
|Laira Battery & Efford Emplacement|
|The Lower Laira|
|Archaeology of Gardens|
|Identifying Prehistoric Pottery|