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Visits to archaeological sites and excavations spanning all periods and interests are organised during the months from March to October. The focus is on Devon but sometimes further afield. These vary from short evening visits to whole days, sometimes by coach. During 2019 the programme will concentrate on sites which are significant in the long history of the Society, to celebrate the 90th anniversary year

Visits are usually publicised in the Society Newsletters and here on the website, but may be organised at short notice, especially to visit excavations, and details are emailed to members. Visits are open to non-members.

The Hon Field Meetings Secretary is Denise Allen, and it is essential that you contact her beforehand to register interest or make a firm booking, as numbers are often critical for various reasons. Please email: Denise Allen; or telephone: 07903 887525.

Visits are usually publicised in the January and May Newsletters, but may be organised at short notice, especially to visit excavations, and details are emailed to members. Visits are open to non-members.

Past Events › Field Visits

June 2017

East Devon Hillforts

June 12, 2017 @ 10:45 am - 3:45 pm

With Henrietta Quinnell. Hembury is Devon’s outstanding hillfort, overlying the site of a complex causewayed enclosure: ST 113 030: car park on minor road a little to the north west of the site. Blackbury is a good example of a simpler site: SY 187 924: car park immediately adjacent. Come for either or both sites but let Henrietta know beforehand if possible. If you need or can offer a lift let her know.

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August 2017

Tintagel Castle

August 6, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tintagel Castle

Further excavations by Jacky Nowakowski for English Heritage on this iconic coastal site are due to take place July/August on the site of the Early Christian settlement and Castle: final details and date to be confirmed. The all day visit, with Henrietta Quinnell, will allow time for a leisurely visit to the English Heritage site and the excavations and also to St Materiana’s church along the coast path, the site of an Early Christian cemetery; there is a Roman ‘milestone’…

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September 2017

Chepstow and Caerphilly castles

September 23, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Chepstow and Caerphilly
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October 2017

Kit Hill, Callington, Cornwall

October 15, 2017 @ 12:00 am
Kit Hill near Callington
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June 2018

Field Visit: Lydney Park Roman Temple & Kings Weston Roman Villa

June 3, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Exeter Bus Station

Field Visit: Lydney Park Roman Temple, Gloucestershire and Kings Weston Roman Villa, Bristol Depart Exeter 09:00,  Return 17:00 Leaving Exeter Bus Station by coach at 09:00, travelling to Lydney Park Roman Temple. Pick up at Cullompton Services if requested Coach cost: based on 20 people travelling, the cost is expected to be approx £25 per person Entry to the Park is £5.00 per person. Bring a packed lunch.  There is a tea room at Lydney Park but it can sometimes…

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July 2018

Field visit: Haldon Belvedere **DAS 90th Anniversary launch**

July 5, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Haldon Bevedere

Field visit: Haldon Belvedere Vist the building and take the opportunity to enjoy its wondeful views from the rooftop terrace with Bill Horner. Refreshments and a walk through the grounds will follow. This event will mark the launch of 90th anniversary year celebrations for the Devon Archeological Society

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August 2018

Field Visit: Exeter Cathedral Library

August 23, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Exeter Cathedral Library, West Wing, Bishops Palace

Field Visit: Exeter Cathedral Library and Archives Canon Librarian Ann Blackwood will guide DAS members in a look at some of the archive of thousands of books and documents that span over a thousand years from the 10th to the 21st centuries. Requests to see specific documents will be considered if possible Cost: £7.00 per person

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September 2018

Field Visit: Bampton Town and Motte

September 1, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm

Field Visit: Bampton Town and Motte Guided tour from the Heritage Centre around the town. After lunch a visit to the motte with Bob Higham. Cost for guided tour £2.50 per person (proceeds to the Heritage Centre).

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Field Visit: Sherborne, Dorset

September 22, 2018

  Sherborne with John Allan – a look at the Abbey, almshouses, town and castle. Whole day event:  travel by coach, with pick-ups from Exeter bus station & Cullompton services (on request). Cost of coach: based on 20 travelling, approximately £19 per person.  

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January 2019

Field Visit: Kent’s Cavern and Torquay Museum

January 11
Kent’s Cavern, 91 Ilsham Road
Torquay, TQ1 2JF United Kingdom

FULLY BOOKED With Professor Paul Pettitt. Visit to the cave in the morning, then on to Torquay Museum after lunch, including special access to the finds stores to see excavated material from the site. 24 people maximum

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