Welcome to the North Devon Archaeological Society…..
What would you like to do ?
NDAS was established in 1959, and for many years concentrated on providing lectures
and visits for members. The society merged with North Devon Rescue, a campaigning
organisation which had been instrumental in ensuring proper recording and excavation
in the area, particularly during Barnstaple's major redevelopment in the 1980s.
The society continues to lobby and campaign for proper investigation and preservation
of North Devon's physical heritage, including, for example, continuing threats against
the Braunton Great Field.
Members of NDAS are well placed to be involved in cutting-edge archaeological exploration,
alongside both research and rescue organisations. Recently members have worked with
Exmoor National Park and Leicester University studying the Bronze Age Landscape
around Chapman Barrows and have been asked to volunteer on the excavation of a Bronze
Age Barrow on Dartmoor. The Society is also running its own seasonal dig on a potential
clay pipe kiln site in Torridge. The Society’s interests cover the whole of the
Northern Devon Area and we have good contacts with other local societies with similar
Members take part in all aspects of practical archaeology including geophysical surveys,
earthwork surveys, excavation, fieldwalking, potwashing etc. and the Society has
attempted to train members in all these areas whenever possible. Training days are
also held on documentary research, flint identification, pottery identification,
pottery drawing etc.
NDAS welcomes all new members, regardless of whether they have any previous knowledge