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Seminars are events organised to allow interaction between specialist and audience in an informal atmosphere. Often these include opportunities for handling archaeological material or demonstrations such as flint knapping or the use of prehistoric querns.

Berkeley House Seminars
Seminars are held in the DAS premises at Berkeley House, Dix’s Field, Exeter EX1 1UZ. Prior booking is essential to ensure numbers appropriate for the topic. There is no charge. Tea and coffee are available for a small contribution. To register email h.quinnell@exeter.ac.uk or phone 01392 433214. If emailing please include a phone number.

Past Events › Seminars

October 2017

Devon Lithics Workshop

October 16, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

An informal meeting intended for those interested in identifying worked flint from surface collections: bring material along. It is hoped that this will be the first in an occasional series in which procedures for recording local lithic collections can be discussed and developed. (See paper on lithics in our Proceedings Volume 72).

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November 2017

Prehistoric Ceramic Research Group

November 4, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Berkeley House, Berkeley House, Dix's Field
Exeter, Devon EX1 1UZ United Kingdom

The meeting will have a number of papers including Alistair Barclay on Sherford and Henrietta Quinnell on Middle and Late Iron Age pottery in Devon. It will include with a handling session. Some places are available for DAS members: register interest and the full programme will be distributed when completed.

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December 2017

Pre-medieval tin working in Devon and Cornwall: a critical look at the evidence

December 11, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Berkeley House, Berkeley House, Dix's Field
Exeter, Devon EX1 1UZ United Kingdom

A review of the evidence from the two counties and its differences, including a consideration of the use of tin from Dartmoor.

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January 2018

The significance of foreign axes in the British Neolithic

January 16, 2018 @ 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
Berkeley House, Berkeley House, Dix's Field
Exeter, Devon EX1 1UZ United Kingdom

This continues the joint sessions held with the Implement Petrology Group of the South West Museums Federation. Katharine works for the New Forest National Park and is a Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University.

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February 2018

Tin-glazed pottery: maiolica and delftware in England, continental Europe and the Middle East

February 5, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Berkeley House, Berkeley House, Dix's Field
Exeter, Devon EX1 1UZ United Kingdom

John continues his popular and stimulating seminars on Medieval and later ceramics.

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October 2018

Seminar: Stoneware pottery with John Allan

October 30, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Berkeley House, Berkeley House, Dix's Field
Exeter, Devon EX1 1UZ United Kingdom

Stoneware is one of the major types of ceramics found on archaeological sites worldwide, and a basic knowledge of the subject is valuable in dating medieval and later sites in Devon, as elsewhere. We will look at the development of stoneware in the Middle Ages and later in Germany and the Low Countries, and the production of stoneware in England from the late 17th century. Sherds of the basic types found on archaeological sites in SW England will be handled.

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November 2018

Seminar: Scientific techniques for examining peat with Vanessa Straker

November 6, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Berkeley House, Berkeley House, Dix's Field
Exeter, Devon EX1 1UZ United Kingdom

Postponed because of snow in March. See the January newsletter for full details: topics to be covered include tephra (volcanic glass shards), pollen, insects, macro plant remains and fungal spores.

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Seminars: Studying lithics, a series of 3 linked 2-hour sessions with Henrietta Quinnell on dates in late Nov to be confirmed.

November 12, 2018 - November 30, 2018
Berkeley House, Berkeley House, Dix's Field
Exeter, Devon EX1 1UZ United Kingdom

A series of three linked two hour sessions on dates in late November to be confirmed   These will start at a date in late November, either day or evening. Those interested are asked to let Henrietta know times and days that would be convenient.

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January 2019

Seminar: The North Roe Felsite Project, Shetland. New work on axes and other artefacts, with Mic Markham

January 22 @ 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
Berkeley House, Berkeley House, Dix's Field
Exeter, Devon EX1 1UZ United Kingdom

This continues the joint sessions held with the Implement Petrology Group of the South West Museums Federation. Mik Markham has researched widely into the sourcing of stone axes, especially those in South West Britain. North Roe is unusual in the good survival of the source sites and evidence for manufacture.

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