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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.
NEXT SUMMER WALK -
Monday 7th September
TAVISTOCK TOWN WALK
Leader: Andrew Thompson
Andrew Thompson combines freelance heritage consultancy with work as the Manager of the Museum of Dartmoor Life in Okehampton and has undertaken several commissions on Tavistock’s heritage. His walk will explore the influence, over nearly 1000 years, of the medieval Benedictine abbey and the Dukes of Bedford, on the medieval remains, street patterns and Georgian and Victorian architecture of the town, and how it came to be included in the Mining World Heritage Site. The walk, only about a mile on the flat, will be a “lecture on foot”, so be prepared for some standing. Meet at 6.30pm outside the Town Hall, Bedford Square, Tavistock, PL19 0AUE, SX 482 744). Parking in the Guildhall car park (limited) or the Bedford Car Park (plenty).
Our meetings are held on the first Monday of each month and start sharp at 7pm unless otherwise indicated. 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|