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 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 go to the website.


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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

Forthcoming events

Interpreting Finds: innovative and multi-disciplinary approaches in post excavation

  • This is a one-day event where invited speakers will present recent and innovative
    approaches to the study of artefacts and ecofacts, highlighting their potential for contributing
    to an archaeological project.

  • By exploring themes around multi-disciplinary approaches to interpreting finds assemblages
    we hope to encourage dialogue between different branches of our profession. Discussions at
    recent conferences have highlighted the growing gap between field staff and finds specialists
    which we would like to close.

  • The session will also promote the advocacy role of the Finds Group in promoting best practice
    across all finds specialisms and within the wider professional community. The event will
    incorporate the Finds Group AGM.

  • Interpreting Finds - event details

  • Revised programme

More coming soon!

ICON Archaeology Group Seminar - Archaeology on Display

  • This year the Archaeology Group AGM will be combined with a seminar discussing 'Archaeology on Display' and a visit to the 'Tunnel: The Archaeology of Crossrail' exhibition, which displays the range of archaeological objects unearthed by Crossrail, Europe's largest infrastructure project.

*For more information on the event please click here

Previous events

  • Finds Group AGM - The AGM was held at the CIfA conference on Friday 22 April at 12.30pm.

  • 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

AGM Minutes

December 2013
July 2012

Committee Minutes

14 February 2014
22 May 2013
11 February 2013
12 September 2012
18 January 2012
21 September 2011
19 January 2011


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