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Monday 6th November 2017


A Review, A Re-Study, And A New Era Of Collaborative Research

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-established its place in the wider political landscape, including its contemporary European context. This has resulted in new collaborative research projects being launched into the history of the Early Medieval Anglo-Welsh borderlands. Keith Ray was City Archaeological Officer for Plymouth (1992-1998) & then County Archaeologist for Herefordshire until 2014. He is now an archaeological consultant.

Plymouth Archaeology Society (PAS) 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. PAS is open to all to apply for membership (membership information).

P.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.

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.

Plymouth University, Roland Levinsky Building, Lecture Theatre 2

The making of the European landscape:

people and pollen in the past

The Faculty of Science and Engineering is delighted to invite you to this inaugural professorial lecture, presented by Professor Ralph Fyfe from the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Professor Ralph Fyfe will be giving his inaugural professorial lecture on Thursday 26 October at 17.00.

Further details of the lecture:

Light refreshments will be available after the lecture.