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Consultation on draft IfA Standard and guidance for archaeological advice and procurement of archaeological services

This first consultation draft of an IfA Standard and guidance for archaeological advice and procurement of archaeological services has been developed by a working group consisting of IfA staff and consultants from a range of different backgrounds and has benefitted from comments by members of IfA Council and its Professional Development and Practice Committee.

It aims to address issues of ethics, quality and consistency in the provision of archaeological advice on a consultancy basis and in the procurement of archaeological services.

IfA statement on recommended minimum salaries and recommended starting salaries for 2013-14

At its meeting on 15 November 2012 Council carefully considered the report of its working party and the responses to IfA’s consultation on some options for recommended minimum salaries for April 2013 to March 2014. Taking account of the range of viewpoints in the membership and a very wide variation in recommendations in the consultation responses, Council decided to accelerate its Strategic Plan commitment to a review of its strategic approach to encouraging increases in remuneration for archaeologists.

International Cultural Heritage Practice SIG

We are keen to set up an IfA Special Interest Group for International Cultural Heritage Practice. This would provide a forum for archaeologists, historic environment and cultural heritage professionals working on international projects and initiatives (or based outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland), and advise the IfA Council on issues relevant to the international practice of archaeology and cultural heritage management.

GeoSIG AGM Postponed!


Please note that the GeoSIG AGM due to take place on Friday 16 November at RSK STATS Limited, had to be rescheduled and will now take place on 18 January 2013

London Area Group Debate & Christmas Social

Thursday 6 December from 6.30pm

Sekforde Arms Pub(upstairs) 34 Sekforde Street, Clerkenwell, EC1R 0HA

LAG members do join us for a Debate and Christmas Social on Thursday 6th December!

The Debate will be on the topic of “What is the value of ethics in a commercial world?” to cover all aspects of the historic environment that we are involved in. We will have a number of key speakers to stimulate discussion, but it will be very much open to everyone to contribute.

London Area Group Autumn Newsletter 2012 now online

The latest edition of the London Area Group Newsletter is now available to download on the Group’s page!

AGM2012 Information now available

An Annual General Meeting of the Company (Institute of Field Archaeologists trading as Institute for Archaeologists) will be held at

4.30 pm, Monday 8 October 2012,

at the Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE

Further details of the AGM, along with the agenda and related papers, are available via the Members area of the website (see top left menu), or via the following links.

Changes to IfA subscription fees 2012/13

A new basis

Subs table There have been regular discussions over the years about the Institute’s subscription structure and the appropriateness of the income bands that is has been based on. In an attempt to streamline and make clearer the current system, the subscription structure will be amended from April 2012. At present subscription rates are linked to a member’s income – making it both complicated for members and time-consuming from an administrative perspective.

Conference 2012 update – Call for Papers closing soon

The Call for Papers for the 2012 Annual Conference is closing on Wednesday 25 January 2012. If you are considering submitting a paper for any of the sessions advertised, please send in details of which session and the title of your paper as soon as you can. The conference has a packed programme with sessions in traditional format, as well as training opportunities with a diverse group of bookable CPD workshops and open training seminars. You can find the provisional timetable on the website along with summary abstracts of all the discussions, seminars and training workshops.

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