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All lectures take place in the Castle Centre, Castle Street, Barnstaple (parking in the large car park adjacent to the Library). Talks are free to NDAS members, visitors £2.50.

In addition, Oxford University Institute of Archaeology is proposing a national hillfort survey. This is a ‘Citizen Science’ project based on local volunteers. For full information go to www.arch.ox.ac.uk/hillforts-atlas.html

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Exhibition of West Yeo Farm Project, Witheridge, 27 July 2013

On Saturday 27 July NDAS held an exhibition of their archaeological and historical project at West Yeo Farm from 2009- 2012. The exhibition was held at Witheridge Parish Hall and included photographs, geophysical and earthwork survey results, and excavation reports and artefacts. The artefacts included a collection of pottery from the site, from 10th-12th century (Saxo Norman), early medieval pieces, up to the 20th century. Also on display was a large collection of flints (Mesolithic and Neolithic), some quartz pieces and worked stone tools from the fieldwalking of 3 fields on the farm.

The project is complete and a comprehensive final report has been produced, which is in the process of printing and digitisation, for distribution to relevant bodies, including the Devon Historic Environment Record. The Society is grateful to the Council for British Archaeology and English Heritage for funding towards the excavations and writing up of the project.

Derry Bryant

Chairman, NDAS

August 2013

Other Links

A Report by South West Archaeology on a few sites that they have dealt with in North Devon - Link

North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and English Heritage are looking for volunteers to help with their Heritage at Risk Survey - Link

Volunteers are also needed to help with the Hillsborough Heritage Project and there are opportunities for practical conservation work on the archaeological monuments. Further details can be found on their Newsletter - Link

The Devon Record Office are looking for volunteers to help with their Tithe Map Apportionment Digitization Project, for further details follow the - Link

Hartland: The Hartland Peninsula Society has prepared three guided walks with historical and archaeological interest. You can find these described with notes through their website - Link

PUBLICATIONS

The North Devon Archaeological Society Golden Anniversary Book

The book is available from local shops and retail outlets at such as the local museums and attractions or by post from NDAS. The publication team have tried to include as wide a selection of articles as space permits to reflect both the Societies broad interest and also the amount of work being undertaken within northern Devon.

Fully illustrated with a colour section on the Harvest Jug exhibition and also an index from the Portable Antiquities officer for Devon of recent finds. In all 17 wide ranging articles of interest to Archaeologists, Landscape Historians and Historians in general.

Available from NDAS - Order Form


A Field Guide to The Archaeology of the Taw and Torridge Estuaries

Man has always used the environment for his own ends and an estuary is a choice place for exploitation. It is a natural resource, a haven, an entrance and an exit, a birthplace and a graveyard for ships.

This guide gives details of all the important sites of the estuary. Geographically, this survey ranges from either side of the estuary mouth, to include the beaches of Westward Ho! and Saunton and the Burrows of Northam and Braunton. Upstream, it goes as far as Barnstaple on the Taw and Annery (Weare Giffard) on the Torridge.

As well as being available from a number of local outlets the book is also available from NDAS - Order Form






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