Plymouth Archaeology Society

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Monday 6th March 2017


Dr John Davey

Ipplepen, near Newton Abbot in Devon, is a multi-period site occupying several hectares, where occupation extended from late prehistory through to the early medieval period. Geophysical survey and subsequent excavations have revealed an extensive late prehistoric settlement, a Romano British road, field system, two wells and contemporary industrial activity. The latest of five construction phases of the road has been cut by a large post-Roman cemetery, with skeletons dated to the 6th to 8th centuries AD. The Project is led by Professor Stephen Rippon and run as a field school for University of Exeter archaeology students since 2012. Dr John Davey is an Archaeological Lab Manager at the University of Exeter.


Our lectures are held at 7:00 pm in the Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building, Plymouth University. PAS 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. No need to book, just turn up.

Links:      Winter Lecture Programme

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.

Pictures courtesy of Dr John Davey