Welcome to the website of the Till Valley Archaeological Society (TillVAS).
The Society's core aim is 'To encourage and promote the study of the archaeology, heritage and history of the catchment area of the River Till.'
We would like to share with you our interest in and enthusiasm for, everything to do with the history of the Till Valley and its river catchment, in north Northumberland. However, we are not averse to straying into other areas of the Border lands when it suits us to do so!
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The website has a dual purpose:-
Firstly, we wish to reach as wide an audience as possible so that, hopefully, those interested will want to attend meetings, excursions, archaeological 'digs', field walking and social occasions and become members of the Society.
Secondly, the intention is to keep members up-to-date with all the latest news and to inform them on what has happened, what is happening and what is planned for the future.
The Till Valley in north Northumberland, UK, is rich in history and archaeological sites. It is also an attractive and varied landscape. The River Till rises high up in the Cheviot Hills and is named the River Breamish in its upper reaches, becoming the River Till at Bewick Mill. It is a major tributary of the River Tweed and, unlike other tributaries, its course lies entirely in England. It is a long river, perhaps 40 miles, although it is difficult to be precise because of its many twists and turns before it finally flows into the River Tweed at Tillmouth.
© The photo shows the River Till, looking south from Twizel Bridge.
We are pleased to receive feedback with comments or suggestions about the Society's activities. Please use the Contact Page and we will get back to you.
The next event in the programme will be a talk by Trevor Cowie entitled "Magic Metals, the Bronze Age in High Society in the Borders". Trevor Cowie is a Senior Curator in the Earlier Prehistory section of the Department of Scottish History and Archaeology, with special responsibility for the Bronze Age collections.
The meeting will be on Wednesday, 5th March at 7.30pm., in Crookham Village Hall. The Committee looks forward to seeing everybody.
Please note that the Annual General Meeting will start at 6.45pm on 2nd April followed by a tea, coffee and wine break before the start of the talk at 7.30pm. It is hoped that as many members as possible will attend the AGM. The talk will be by Richard Carlton on "Drove Roads of Northumberland"
FOR OTHER, SPECIAL EVENTS IN MARCH & APRIL, please click on the tab for Latest Newsletter & Diary of Events.
TALKS FOR 2014-2015
Please see the Diary of Events for 2014-2015 for talks organised until July 2014. More talks and events will be posted when they have been confirmed and printed on the membership card available at the AGM.