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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.
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Threat to Old Oswestry
hillfort - Shropshire
Despite opposition from EH,
local groups and residents
during public consultation,
Shropshire Council is forging
ahead under strategic county
planning (SMADev) with
proposals for significant
housing development within
the curtilage of this globally
important IA monument.
A petition against the
proposal can be found
2013/14 Winter Lectures
programme now available.
Royal Cornwall Museum
Lunch time lecture
Thursday 19th December
Jacky Nowakowski will be
The Cornwall Listed Buildings at Risk project will train 25
volunteers from existing groups and societies to survey 500
Grade II Listed buildings in north and south-east Cornwall.
This project is principally funded through the Heritage
Lottery Fund with contributions coming from four local
societies, including Cornwall Archaeological Society.
No experience is required because full training will be
provided. Volunteers will need a digital camera and will have
to provide their own transport (limited travel expenses will be
paid but not enough to fully compensate those coming from
outside the study area). A training day will be held in the
week beginning 28th October 2013 and the surveys will
need to be carried out very soon after.
If you would like to take part in this exciting archaeological
survey please contact the secretary by 20th October 2013
(email@example.com or 01726 850792).
Please provide your full contact details and state if you are a
member of C.A.S.
Buildings at Risk
HLF funding awarded