Avon Valley Archaeological Society (AVAS) is an active and friendly society, running vigorously since its foundation in 1974.

We promote interest in, and study of archaeology for all; encompassing surveys, conservation, excavation and compilation of reports.  A meeting place for those with common interests.

Our membership is drawn from a diverse range of people comprised mainly of keen amateurs with a handful of professionals.

We are a well-respected society achieving high standards, with excellent facilities and abilities to introduce archaeology to the absolute beginner.

We have a first class winter lecture programme and organise site visits.  An extensive library and archive is maintained for researchers and the less energetic.

Finding out how our ancestors lived, worked and played in the Avon Valley is one of our goals. To achieve this we are actively involved in research, and fieldwork.

For current news about what is happening in the society, please also refer to the AVAS Blog.


We encourage membership and participation. The Society is open to all with an interest in archaeology and history.

There are three classes of membership:

  • Full £10 for a year
  • Full-time Student £5 for a year
  • Junior £2.50 for a year. Adult accompaniment essential.

You can come along to our meetings as a visitor to see what we are about and join, if you like what you see.

Free Yearly Newsletter


All members receive a free yearly newsletter and may contribute to it. Past issues can be downloaded from the newsletter page.

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