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The Society was formed in 1961 - it grew out of the West Cornwall Field Club, itself
founded in 1935 by a group of enthusiasts who were studying the archaeology of West
Cornwall. Currently the society has nearly 500 members and organises activities
covering all aspects of the discipline.
Every month there is an archaeological walk somewhere in Cornwall led by one of our
members or an invited expert.
During winter months talks are given at centres in Truro and Liskeard by speakers,
national and local (and including members) who are specialists in their field of interest.
The Society gives opportunities for those interested in practical archaeology to
participate in fieldwork and learn archaeological techniques. Members often take part
in excavations run by the Cornwall County Council's Historic Environment Service
(HES). The Society and the HES work in partnership and members' contribution to the
work of the HES is greatly appreciated.
The Society produces three Newsletters a year, which report on recent activities in
Cornwall and give a diary of events. They are also a platform for member's comments,
requests and discussion points.
The Society's annual journal is considered one of the best archaeological publications
by a local society in the country. This reports on many of the archaeological
happenings in Cornwall by members and others.
ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT
Annual General Meeting
The Society holds its Annual General Meeting in March/April when members of the
General Committee are elected. The Committee meets four times a year to enact the
regular business of the Society. From time to time a Projects Committee is established
to oversee significant activities. The Publications Committee meets as required to
oversee all publications.
For closer contact each historical hundred in Cornwall has an Area Representative
who reports at twice-yearly meetings on endangered sites and local finds.
Royal Cornwall Museum
Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone
Sculpture, XI, Early Cornish
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Site of the Month
Project to build a
new archive and
local studies centre
Cornwall Otter Trophy
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