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

Plymouth and 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.




Last Site Update

12th April 2015


Saturday May 9th 2015, at The Plymouth Athenaeum

The day will provide an overview of work across the county ranging from prehistoric sites through landscape studies to industrial archaeology.

Link to programme and booking form

Monday 4th May


Leader:  Alan Barclay

Alan Barclay is an Archives Assistant at the Plymouth & West Devon Record Office, and leads walks throughout Plymouth for the Walks with History Group as part of the Walking for Health Scheme.  He will lead us along the approximate route of the Leat from Torr to East Stonehouse to see what remains – including boundary stones, a running drain and the Stonehouse Reservoirs in Central Park.  Meet outside Morrisons Supermarket, 282 Outland Road, Plymouth, PL3 5UQ, (SX 479 574) at 6.45pm for a 7pm start.   Please do not park in Morrisons’ car-park, but use the neighbouring streets.  Please note that this is a linear walk, about 3-4 miles, mostly on pavements, and does not return to the start. Public transport is recommended. Citybus service 34 serves Morrisons and services 14 and 32/32A/32B serve Millbridge at the end of the walk.  This event is part of the Plymouth History Festival and is open, free, to the public; numbers are limited so booking is essential: to the Record Office, daytime phone 01752 305 940, or to

Our meetings are held on the first Monday of each month and start sharp at 7pm unless otherwise indicated. Non-members are welcome but where no charge is mentioned they are asked to contribute £4 towards our expenses. Appropriate footwear and clothing must be worn. Our walks are not suitable for dogs.