Finds Group


The first meeting of the CIfA Finds Group took place in November 1989. The function of the group is to represent the interests of finds workers to CIfA council and in all the activities of the Institute. It also:

  • advises council on finds related issues and reviews relevant documents etc.
  • acts as a focus for all members of the CIfA who have an interest in finds.
  • produces a newsletter and holds seminars and meetings, to discuss the latest issues.

We have also produced the documents Guidelines for Finds Work and the Standards and guidance for the collection, documentation, conservation and research of archaeological materials.

Due to the broad field we work in the group focuses on themes such as practice and the relationship between finds and other areas of archaeology. The main aim is to promote finds work constructively within the structure of our profession.

Join the Group

Membership of the Finds Group is open to anybody with an interest in Finds - in the broadest sense of the word. CIfA members may join the group for free, while non-members of the CIfA are asked to pay a £10.00 annual fee to cover mailing costs. If you are interested in joining the group, please contact the CIfA office at

Tel: 0118 378 6446


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Phil Mills (Chair)

Matt Parker Wooding (Secretary)

Louise Rayner (Treasurer)

Rowena Hart (Ordinary Committee Member)
Kayt Marter-Brown (Ordinary Committee Member)

Duncan Brown (Ordinary Committee Member)

Mags Felter (Ordinary Committee Member)

Marie-Claire Rackham Mann (Ordinary Committee Member)

Stephen Brunning (Newsletter Editor)

Specialist competence matrix

We have recently introduced specialist competence matrices, which have been compiled by our CIfA special interest groups and are tailored to their specific areas. These are to assist applicants and the Validation committee to see where you demonstrate the grade applied for.

List of specialists

The Group is setting up of a list of specialists which will be available online for all those group members interested: archaeological units, contractors and other specialists. If you are interested in being listed in such a directory please contact

Activities and events

IfA Finds Group meetings and seminars are open to non-members, but priority will be given to members for training sessions, where numbers may have to be limited.

Group meetings

Finds Group AGM
The AGM will be held at the CIfA conference on Friday 22 April at 12.30pm in Room 526, Ken Edwards Building.

There are three vacancies for Ordinary committee member, in addition to the Treasurer. Please complete a nomination form if you're interested in joining the committee.

Previous events

Dealing with Organic Finds CPD Workshop
This CPD workshop organised by the CIfA Finds Special Interest Group and the Association for Environmental Archaeology (AEA) was held on Wednesday 28 May 2014 at the University of Leicester. The programme and further information can be found here

Roman Military Finds Workshop
Further information about this past event can be found here

AGM Minutes

December 2013
July 2012

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