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 6th June


Leader: Andrew Crabb

Andrew Crabb has worked as an archaeologist for Dartmoor National Park and English Heritage for over 10 Years. He will lead us on a walk over Mardon Down, including Dartmoor’s largest stone circle, a fine cairn alignment, prehistoric field boundaries, a Cross and some impressive WW2 field remains. The exact route will be determined on the day, with a short option of about 3km, or a longer option, about 6km with some steep ascent and descent, circling back via the hamlet of Doccombe using historic routeways. There will be rough moorland and gorse bushes. Stout footwear, long trousers (to guard against ticks), waterproofs and warm clothing are advised. Bring drinks and snacks if you wish. Meet at 7pm at the SE corner of Mardon Down (SX 7699 8687). There is parking space here and about 750m to the west (SX 7633 8720). Please car share if possible.

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.