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CIfA is the leading professional body representing archaeologists working in the UK and overseas.

Many different people are employed in conserving, managing and understanding the historic environment. Seeking the advice and guidance of a professional archaeologist ensures you receive the best possible service.

Our members are professionally accredited and skilled in the study and care of the historic environment. They sign up to a rigorous Code of conduct, professional development (CPD) schemes and complaints procedures to uphold competence and standards in archaeology.

CIfA champions professionalism in archaeology, which is good for practitioners, clients and protects the public. We do this by setting standards, improving careers and promoting best practice.

The Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) advances the practice of archaeology and allied disciplines by promoting professional standards and ethics for conserving, managing, understanding and promoting enjoyment of heritage.

CIfA is a professional organisation for all archaeologists and others involved in protecting and understanding the historic environment.

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Codes, standards and guidance

Codes, standards and guidance
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Registered Organisations

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CIfA News

Mon 29th June
Historic England has commissioned Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service to find out...
Tue 16th June
The Scottish Civic Trust is looking for nominations for the new Scottish Heritage Angel Awards...
Wed 10th June
We are currently experiencing problems with our Paypal account. These should be sorted over...

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