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.
Organic Finds CPD Training and Research Workshop
This workshop organised by the IfA Finds Special Interest Group will be held on Wednesday 28 May 2014 at the University of Leicester. Lunch and refreshments are being sponsored by the Association for Environmental Archaeology (AEA). The programme is still being finalised but will include a mixture of presentations and practical hands-on sessions focused on the study of organic finds and approaches to onsite recovery, initial treatment and identification - as well as insights into the research potential and current projects.
Once the programme has been finalised, bookings will be taken. Please contact Jen email@example.com to express an interest.