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Buildings Archaeology Group


BAG logo The IfA Buildings Archaeology Special Interest Group was reformed in 2003 to act as a forum for promoting the archaeological analysis, research, interpretation of standing structures.


The group aims to promote the analysis of the built environment and to raise awareness of approaches and methodologies to address the wider role of buildings archaeology with other professionals in built heritage sector by:

  • advising IfA council on issues relating to standing buildings and being consulted during the drafting of new recording guidelines and heritage legislation.
  • Producing regular newsletters (two per year)
  • Articles in the IfA magazine ‘The Archaeologist’
  • Training events (seminars, guidance and conference sessions)
  • Developing links with associated heritage professionals
  • To provide a forum for addressing the wider role of buildings archaeology within the built heritage sector

Join the group

Membership is free to IfA members, and £10 for non-members. Please email to find out about membership or be added to our electronic mailing list, or contact the IfA office at

Institute for Archaeologists
Miller Building, University of Reading
Whiteknights Reading, RG6 6AB

Tel: 0118 378 6446


Mike Nevell (Chair)
Catherine Poucher(Secretary)
Tim Murphy (Treasurer)

Lara Band (Outreach & Community Engagement)
Paul Bowen (OCM)
Frank Green (Events)
Bob Hill (Standards)
Ed James (Newsletter Editor)
Caroline Vile (OCM)

Forthcoming events

Tour of House Mill

For more details and to book via our Eventbrite page Click here

Previous events

An introduction to historic building construction Tuesday 14 October 2014 - CPD workshop with Bob Hill

You can find all the details for the course on the event flier


Conference Sessions (pdf files)

Training Articles (pdf file)


  • Building Material Research - Ian Betts (MOLAS)
  • The Big Picture - Pat Reynolds (CBM Researcher)
  • What can tile tell us? - Phil Mills (University of Leicester)
  • Ceramic building materials in archaeology - Sandra Garside-Neville (CBM Researcher)
  • The staffordshire potteries; an archaeological approach - David Barker (Stoke on Trent Council)
  • The Wild Court Rookery; the archaeology of a 19th century London slum in its social and international context - Bruce Watson and Nigel Jeffries (MOLAS)
  • The role of research agendas and data in the historic environment - Stephen Deane (Staffordshire County Council)
  • From Ale house to Crack house; documenting the decline of the Sheffield pub - Oliver Jessop and Mark Douglas (ARCUS)

Chartered Institute for Archaeologists
Miller Building, University of Reading
Reading, Berkshire RG6 6AB

0118 378 6446