CADAS was formed in 1965. The impetus for its formation was a series of classes entitled “Archaeology for Everyone”, held in Coventry by the Birmingham University Extramural Department. Such was the initial enthusiasm for the subject that two courses had to be run each week and even those were oversubscribed. With so many like-minded people gathered together, it was not long before the idea of a society was proposed and, at a public meeting attended by over a hundred people in Baginton school hall, a committee was formed and the Coventry and District Archaeological Society came into being.
CADAS remains a thriving society, with over 100 members, ranging from total beginners to those whose experiences over the past forty years (and beyond) has placed them in an ideal situation for sharing their expertise. In 2007, members carried out an excavation at Gosford Books, which lies over medieval remains.