Due to COVID-19, our schedule has changed (again) from that originally published
Meetings will be held over Zoom and will require an internet connection and internet-enabled device. Please reach out to us via our contact form if you are interested in participating and not already a member to receive the meeting link. It is anticipated that all society meetings will be held over Zoom for the timebeing.
Presentations will start at 7:30pm, but you are welcome to log on from 7:00pm to check your audio.
Tuesday 13th April 7.30pm via Zoom – White Horse Hill with DNPA archaeologist Dr Lee Bray
The discovery of a Bronze Age granite cist, or grave, in 2011 in a peat bog on White Horse Hill revealed the first organic remains found on the moor and a hoard of about 150 beads ... “Much to our surprise we actually found an intact cremation deposit [human bones] which is actually a burial alongside a number of grave goods (left). What was so unusual was the survival of so many organic objects which you never usually get in a grave of this period, they've long since rotted away.” (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-21442474).
Tuesday 11th May 7.30pm – virtual walk via Zoom – The Merrivale Landscape - 5000 years of human activity with member Andrew Thompson – heritage consultant, archaeologist and historian
Merrivale includes many of the archaeological features associated with the Neolithic to Middle Bronze Age (about 2500–1000 BC). The monuments here comprise a group of round houses; two double stone rows (right) and one single row; a small stone circle, with two standing stones nearby; and a number of cairns (earthen mounds), associated with burials. Nearest to the road is the area of a typical Bronze Age settlement, a large cluster of round houses. The huge rounded stone here, often mistaken for a chambered tomb, is in fact a post-medieval apple-crusher stone, used in the process of cider-making. (https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/merrivale-prehistoric-settlement/history/)
Tuesday 8th June 7.30pm – virtual walk via Zoom – Lydford: Burh, Mint & Stannary Prison with Andrew Thompson
Long before Tavistock grew in importance Lyford was the premier settlement in our area. The history of the village begins in the Dark Ages. By the 9th century the Saxon kings of Wessex had established a burh here to protect the area both from Viking raids and also from the Cornish! Fortified during the reign of King Alfred, in Saxon times Lydford was considered equal in importance to Exeter and Totnes.
(https://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryMagazine/DestinationsUK/Lydford-Devon/) Join us to find out more.