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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.
Monday 2nd October 2017
A THOUSAND PROSPECTS OPEN TO THE VIEW
Restoring the Historic Vistas of Mount Edgcumbe Country Park
& Recent Work of the CAU
Restoration work has been undertaken on some of the historic features at Mount Edgcumbe, a Grade I parkland, & this talk will discuss what this has revealed. New sites are being investigated in Cornwall all the time, & this will be an opportunity to discuss other recent work of the Cornwall Archaeological Unit. James Gossip is an experienced field archaeologist & surveyor, who has worked with the Cornwall Archaeological Unit since 1999, directing various major excavations & community based programmes.
Special lecture: This is a joint meeting of the Cornwall Archaeological Society and the PAS.
Open to the public. Free. No need to book.
Monday 6th November 2017
OFFA'S DYKE REVISITED
A Review, A Re-
Dr Keith Ray
In recent years, Offa’s Dyke has been dismissed as 'just another Early Medieval linear boundary earthwork'. This talk will reprise some of the conclusions of Keith’s 2016 book on Offa's Dyke which has re-
Monday 4th December 2017
THE FUTURE OF GEOPHYSICAL SURVEY IN ARCHAEOLOGY
Prospecting, Mapping, or Understanding?
Dr Chris Gaffney
This talk will focus on emerging trends in geophysical prospecting, including a discussion of strategies to blend the increasingly common multi-
Monday 5th February 2018
IN SEARCH OF THE ROANOKE COLONISTS
Prof Mark Horton
Between 1584 & 1587 a number of expeditions set out from Plymouth to establish an English colony in Virginia. Mystery surrounds both their location & the fate of the last attempt, when the colonists were left abandoned on Roanoke Island. Mark Horton is professor of Archaeology at the University of Bristol & has been working on the Outer Banks since 2010 where he has uncovered much new archaeological evidence about the colony. He is well known as a presenter of the long running BBC series Coast.
Monday 5th March 2018
MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK
How a Multidisciplinary Approach Helps Us to Manage England's Marine Historic Environment
Angela Middleton & Alison James
To date, 52 shipwrecks have been protected in England, ranging from the remains of Late Bronze Age cargo scatters to early 20th Century submarines. They have highlighted the research potential of shipwreck sites & this talk will look at recent marine archaeological discoveries & how Historic England works to ensure sites are protected, conserved & managed appropriately. Alison James has been a maritime archaeologist at Historic England for over eight years with responsibility for the protected wreck sites. Angela Middleton has worked as an Archaeological Conservator at Historic England since 2007.
Monday 9th April 2018
THE MUST FARM PILE DWELLING
What can this Fenland site tell us about Bronze Age life in Britain?
Excavations at Must Farm in Cambridgeshire have exposed the best-
|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|