Plymouth & District Archaeological Society

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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.


Note that we return to our normal venue, the Devonport Lecture Theatre, for this lecture.

Monday 7th November 2016


Scientific Results From The Analysis Of The Staffordshire Hoard Gold

Dr Eleanor Blakelock

The discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard in 2009 led to the development of a cross-disciplinary programme to conserve, research and disseminate the find. The Hoard consists of the largest assemblage of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver objects, most of which are battle regalia. As part of the wider research project, a ground breaking study of the gold was carried out. This has revealed more details about workshop practices used by the goldsmiths to enhance the appearance of the objects. Dr Blakelock trained as an archaeometallurgist and for the past three years has been studying the metals in the Hoard.

Our lectures are held at 7:00 pm in the Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building, Plymouth University. PDAS members and University staff and students (with ID) are admitted free. Visitors are very welcome but are asked to contribute £4. Our lecture theatre facilities will be provided by Peninsula Arts with Plymouth University. We thank them for their support.

Links:  Campus Map    See map section g4, Portland Square Building section A.

           Winter Lecture Programme

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.