Cornwall Archaeological Society

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Cornwall Archaeological Society
Formation1961; 59 years ago (1961)
PurposeStudy of archaeology in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
Official language

Cornwall Archaeological Society is an amateur archaeological society based in Cornwall, United Kingdom for the study of archaeology in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. It was founded in 1961 by members of the West Cornwall Field Club.[1]


West Cornwall Field Club[edit]

The West Cornwall Field Club was founded by Lt Col F C Hirst and six of the volunteers who were excavating a site at Porthmeor, in the parish of Zennor from 1933 to 1935.[2] Membership increased to nineteen in 1937 and averaged fifty in the 1950s. Between 1953 and 1961 the club produced twenty-seven publications including six field guides and an annual journal, and the club members took part in forty excavations. During the fifties many members lived in mid and east Cornwall and the field club was publishing increasingly more articles from those areas. It was felt that the name no longer relevant to the scope of the field club and at the annual general meeting on 10 August 1961 it was unanimously approved to change the title to Cornwall Archaeological Society.[3]

Cornwall Archaeological Society[edit]

The first President of the society was C A Ralegh Radford an English archaeologist and historian who specialised in the Dark Ages.[3]


The Society has organised a number of excavations. One, considered to be outstanding was at Carn Brea led by Roger Mercer from 1970 to 1973, which established a new class of site — the Early Neolithic tor enclosure.[4]


The Society publishes a journal Cornish Archaeology Hendhyscans Kernow in most years. The first was published in 1962 and the latest, number 54, was published in 2015. A newsletter is published three times a year.[7]

List of Presidents[edit]

The following have served as Presidents of the Society since its foundation in 1961.


  1. ^ "History". Cornwall Archaeological Society. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Porthmeor". Pastscape. Historic England. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  3. ^ a b Thomas, A C. "Editorial". Cornish Archaeology. 1: 1–4. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Carn Brea, Early Neolithic tor enclosure, c 3700 BC". Royal Archaeology Society. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  5. ^ Thomas, Charles (1963). "The Society's Excavations: Interim report" (PDF). Cornish Archaeology. 2: 47–8. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 January 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Castilly - Henge in England in Cornwall". The Megalithic Portal. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Newsletter". Cornwall Archaeological Society. Archived from the original on 4 January 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2015.

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