Plymouth Archaeology Society Winter Lectures
  • Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building, University of Plymouth

  • Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building, University of Plymouth

  • Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building, University of Plymouth

  • Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building, University of Plymouth

  • Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building, University of Plymouth

  • Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building, University of Plymouth

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Plymouth Archaeology Society (PAS) Winter Lectures are open to all to attend with PAS members and University staff and students (with ID) and all school students admitted free. Visitors are very welcome but are asked to contribute £4 towards expenses. There is no need to book - just turn up on the evening. 

All lectures are held on Mondays and start at 19:00 in the Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building. Please email with any queries. 

7 October: Non-linear Human Response to Sea-level Rise and Environmental Change: The Lyonesse Project

This lecture is a joint meeting with Cornwall Archaeological Society. The meeting is free and open to all.

  • Speaker: Dr Robert Barnett, University of Exeter

The Isles of Scilly occupy an important position in the western seaways and may have been instrumental in the dispersal of hunter gatherer populations into Britain after the last Ice Age. The Lyonesse Project has the aim of reconstructing the physical environment of Scilly for the past 12,000 years. This study of past sea level, landscape and cultural change provides insight into how coastal communities might respond to rapid and ongoing sea-level rise today. Rob is a Research Fellow, leading the scientific publication associated with the project.

4 November: Discovery is Just the Beginning. Recent Maritime Archaeological Investigations by the Nautical Archaeology Society

  • Speaker: Mark Beattie-Edwards, CEO of the Nautical Archaeology Society

Over the last 15 years, Mark has been involved in a number of underwater archaeological investigations on some of England’s protected wrecks. The sites range from a presumed Dutch third rate lost in the Battle of Beachy Head (1690), to one of the first submarines ever commissioned into the Royal Navy. He is now leading projects to identify the name of the newest protected wreck and to save the fragile wreck of the London (lost in 1665) in the Thames Estuary. Mark will talk about these projects and the role the NAS plays in supporting its members undertaking their own research projects.

2 December: Breton Woodworkers in Tudor Devon

This lecture is a joint meeting with the Devonshire Association (Plymouth Branch). The meeting is free and open to all.

  • Speaker: John Allan

Devon and Cornwall had large immigrant populations at the end of the Middle Ages, among whom were skilled Breton craftsmen including woodcarvers. Some of the most beautiful works surviving in our churches can be attributed to these woodworkers, as well as those in town and country houses. John is the Exeter Cathedral Archaeologist and Archaeological Adviser to Glastonbury Abbey. He is also the current President of the Devonshire Association and was formerly Curator of Antiquities of Exeter City Museums.

3 February: Finding the First Farmers on the Northern Plains of America: Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village and Middle Missouri Culture

  • Speaker: Professor Alan Outram, University of Exeter

This site, in South Dakota, represents the early colonisation of the Northern Plains by agriculturalists (c. AD 1050), and is used as a field school for students from Exeter. The villagers lived primarily from their gardens of maize, beans and squash and from the hunting of bison. Alan, Professor of Archaeological Science, is an environmental archaeologist, palaeoeconomist and co-director of the Centre for Human-Animal-Environment (HumAnE) Bioarchaeology.

2 March: Devon Detected: How Metal Detecting Finds Shape Our Understanding of Devon's Past

  • Speaker: Dr Lucy Shipley, Finds Liaison Officer

The Portable Antiquities Scheme is about to celebrate 20 years of recording archaeological finds made by members of the public. Every find makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the history of the county. In this talk, Lucy will present some of the individual finds and the stories that they tell about how the present and past collide. This will demonstrate how a chance find or afternoon out field walking can, when properly recorded, change how we see the past.

6 April: Camel Hunting in Neolithic Arabia

  • Speaker: Professor Terry and Dr Sonia O’Connor

The Baynunah site in the desert of western Abu Dhabi is the first from this region to show that wild dromedary camels were driven in herds into natural traps. Excavations have shown that the location was used on a number of occasions, with various levels of butchery taking place. The talk will show the significance of the site and practical challenges that the excavation and conservation posed to the small international team. Sonia is an archaeological conservator, now working mainly on historic textiles and artefacts made of bone, horn and ivory. Terry specialises in the study of animal bones from archaeological sites.

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