The first meeting of the IfA Finds Group took place in November 1989. The function of the group is to represent the interests of finds workers to IfA 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 IfA 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. IfA members may join the group for free, while non-members of the IfA are asked to pay a £10.00 annual fee to cover mailing costs. If you are interested in joining the group, please contact the IfA office at
Tel: 0118 378 6446
Phil Mills (Chair)
Matt Parker (Secretary)
Andrew Jones (Treasurer)
Michael Lewis (Ordinary Committee Member)
Duncan Brown (Ordinary Committee Member)
Stephen Brunning (Newsletter Editor)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Finds Group 2013 AGM
The IfA Finds Group AGM is taking place on Tuesday 3 December 2013 at the:
Visitor Centre Mortimer Wheeler House 46 Eagle Wharf Road London N1 7ED
Tea and coffee will be available from 11.30am; the meeting with begin at 12.00pm. We will provide some tea, coffee and a few nibbles (though do bring your own lunch).
Please come along and support the Finds Group, there are no committee members standing down and no nominations this time but all are welcome to attend and participate in the discussions.The Finds Group is the biggest IfA network, but we really need active group members to get involved in the committee. At this AGM we will be discussing out plans for the next three-years, looking at ideas we have been discussing for surveys, projects and training workshops. If you want to get involved, let us know - we need your help!
Items on the agenda include the organisation of the Organic Finds day conference next year, training in current archaeological finds practice and reviewing ideas for a competency matrix for finds and the groups three-year plan.
We look forward to seeing you there! Please email Jen Wooding (email@example.com) if you intend to come along!
New Research on Organic Finds - Coming soon!