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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 3rd October 2016
THE SHERFORD COMMUNITY – OLD AND NEW
Archaeological investigations in advance of development of Sherford on the eastern outskirts of Plymouth have revealed a wealth of new information. Highlights to date include the excavation of an extant Bronze Age barrow mound, Iron Age roundhouses and potential Romano-
Special lecture: This is a joint meeting of the Devon Archaeological Society and PDAS, starting at 7pm in the Upper Lecture Theatre in Plymouth University’s Sherwell Building (the former church, next to Drake Reservoir, North Hill). This meeting is open to the public and is free with no need to book.
Monday 7th November 2016
SECRETS OF THE ANGLO-
Scientific Results From The Analysis Of The Staffordshire Hoard Gold
Dr Eleanor Blakelock
The discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard in 2009 led to the development of a cross-
Monday 5th December 2016
HMS COLOSSUS -
In 1798 HMS Colossus, with a crew of 600, in charge of a convoy following Nelson’s victory at the battle of the Nile, anchored in St Mary’s Roads (Isles of Scilly) to ride out a storm. However her anchors did not hold and she was driven ashore. The talk will cover Kevin’s 15 years of work on thewreck, from rediscovery in 2001 by holiday divers, through four excavations and five surveys. Following a career in land archaeology, first in York and later in Lincolnshire, Kevin retired to Cornwall in 1987. He took up diving, became involved in marine archaeology, and is now nominated archaeologist for Colossus and several other protected wrecks.
Monday 6th February 2017
THE INVESTIGATION OF AN
EARLY 16TH CENTURY PORTUGUESE SHIPWRECK IN OMAN
Dr Dave Parham
Two Portuguese ships from Vasco da Gama's second voyage to India were wrecked in 1503 off the coast of Oman. A shipwreck found in 1998 is believed to be that of Esmerelda. Excavation of thewreck began in 2013 involving archaeologists from Bournemouth University. Dave Parham is anexperienced archaeologist and diver/diving supervisor who has directed maritimearchaeological projects ranging in date from the Bronze Age to WW2. He has workedextensively throughout the British Isles as well as overseas. His research interests focus onthe archaeology of seafaring and ship construction of all periods.
Monday 6th March 2017
IPPLEPEN, SOUTH DEVON -
Dr John Davey
Ipplepen, near Newton Abbot in Devon, is a multi-
Monday 3rd April 2017
'Mapping the Sun and Reading the Hurlers'
The revised lecture will be about two linked community archaeology projects, ''Mapping the Sun', and 'Reading the Hurlers', funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and developed and delivered with Cornwall Archaeological Unit's guidance and input. The two projects have been exploring the Early Bronze Age ceremonial landscape setting of the Hurlers -
Our Winter Lecture season 2016-
Our next winter programme will commence in October 2017 and will be published on this page shortly beforehand.
Our current Summer Season can be found here Summer Site Visits
|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|