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East Dorset Antiquarian Society

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EDAS was formed in 1983, and is committed to the exploration, excavation, recording and conservation of archaeological monuments and antiquities, and to promoting the public understanding of archaeology and local history through programmes of talks, visits, training and open days.

Membership is now close to 250, and EDAS has strong links with many other organisations across Dorset and beyond. As well as our monthly lecture programme, we offer occasional walks and visits, and an annual field trip to somewhere in Britain.

Our monthly newsletter keeps members informed of local and wider topics in archaeology, and also includes summaries of the lectures. Practical archaeology remains at the centre of our activities, offering opportunities for field experience and the acquisition of skills for all ages. The 2017 season will again be at the site of the regionally significant Druce Farm Roman villa near Dorchester.

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How to join and membership costs

An application form can be downloaded from the website; Students £5.00, Individual £8.50, Family £12.00, Institutions £12.00.

EDAS March Newsletter

EDAS April Newsletter

EDAS May newsletter

EDAS Mid Summer newsletter

EDAS September newsletter


General details of meetings

We generally meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm at St Catherine’s Church Hall, Lewens Lane, Wimborne BH21 1LE.

A full 2017-2018 programme and details on how to get involved is available: EDAS Programme


A copy of the minutes of the AGM can be read here: EDAS Minutes 2017 AGM

This year’s EDAS field trip to Hadrian’s Wall was a joint venture comprising members from EDAS and members of the Wareham & District Archaeology and Local History Society. Twenty three doughty travellers embarked on the trip, which was organised by Lilian Ladle and to be led by Mark Corney, and dared to travel “up north”! On the first evening, when the Group congregated in our hotel in Hexham, Andrew made an impassioned plea for a volunteer – any volunteer – who would write an article on the field trip for the newsletter. With no small degree of arm twisting behind the scenes, a merry bunch of reporters was recruited and each requested to cover a specific day in the itinerary. Here we have – in all its glory – the EDAS field trip 2017 to Hadrian’s Wall. As you will see, a great time was had by all. Many thanks to our EDAS correspondents for documenting the trip for posterity. The full report can be read by clicking the following link: Hadrians Wall Report