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

  • Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building

  • Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building

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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 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.

Please contact the society via the 'Contact us' form on their website with any queries. 

2 October: A Thousand Prospects Open to the View - restoring the historic vistas of Mount Edgcumbe Country Park

  • Speaker: James Gossip.

Restoration work has been undertaken on some of the historic features at Mount Edgcumbe, a Grade I parkland, and this talk will discuss what this has revealed. New sites are being investigated in Cornwall all the time, and this will be an opportunity to discuss other recent work of the Cornwall Archaeological Unit. James is an experienced field archaeologist and surveyor, who has worked with the Cornwall Archaeological Unit since 1999, directing various major excavations and community-based programmes.

This special lecture is a joint meeting of the Cornwall Archaeological Society and PAS. It is open to the public and free to attend with no need to book.

6 November: Offa's Dyke Revisited - a review, a re-study and a new era of collaborative research

  • Speaker: 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 was City Archaeological Officer for Plymouth (1992-98) and then County Archaeologist for Herefordshire until 2014. He is now an archaeological consultant.

4 December: The Future of Geophysical Survey in Archaeology - prospecting, mapping or understanding?

  • Speaker: Dr Chris Gaffney.

This talk will focus on emerging trends in geophysical prospecting, including a discussion of strategies to blend the increasingly common multi-digital datasets. Chris is the Head of the School of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences at the University of Bradford, where he has been teaching and researching archaeological geophysics since 2007. With John Gater, he published one of the most popular geophysics textbooks, Revealing the Buried Past, which grew out of a longstanding association with Time Team.

6 February: In Search of the Roanoke Colonists

  • Speaker: Professor Mark Horton.

Between 1584 and 1587 a number of expeditions set out from Plymouth to establish an English colony in Virginia. Mystery surrounds both their location and the fate of the last attempt, when the colonists were left abandoned on Roanoke Island. Mark is professor of Archaeology at the University of Bristol and 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.

5 March: Many Hands Make Light Work - how a multidisciplinary approach helps us to manage England's marine historic environment

  • Speakers: Angela Middleton and 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 and this talk will look at recent marine archaeological discoveries and how Historic England works to ensure sites are protected, conserved and managed appropriately. Alison has been a maritime archaeologist at Historic England for over eight years with responsibility for the protected wreck sites. Angela has worked as an Archaeological Conservator at Historic England since 2007.

9 April: The Must Farm Pile Dwelling - what can this fenland site tell us about Bronze Age life in Britain?

  • Speaker: Mark Knight.

Excavations at Must Farm in Cambridgeshire have exposed the best-preserved Bronze Age dwellings ever found in Britain. Large circular wooden houses built on stilts collapsed in a dramatic fire 3,000 years ago and plunged into a river, preserving their contents in astonishing detail. Mark is Site Director of the excavations, funded by Historic England and the building firm Forterra. His interests include comprehending the lives of people in southern Britain between 3800-800 BC.

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