Forensic Archaeology Special Interest Group


The group was formed in April 2011, after discussions relating to the ethics and practicalities of working in forensic archaeology. The group promotes best practice in forensic archaeology work to ensure that appropriate standards and guidance for forensic archaeology are adopted, maintained and enforced.
In addition, the group advises CIfA Advisory Council on issues relating to forensic archaeology, disseminates information relating to forensic archaeology, and facilitates the exchange of information and ideas between practitioners and bodies both within the UK and internationally.

The group has developed the Standard and Guidance document for forensic archaeologists. The adoption of this Standard was approved by IfA Council in October 2011 and has since been endorsed by the Home Office Forensic Science Regulator.

FAEP: The expert panel

A unique feature of the Forensic Archaeology SIG, is the sub-group expert panel of forensic practitioners. FAEP comprises an expert panel of forensic practitioners. This sub-group has a closed membership, due to the nature of the work, and is only open to practising forensic archaeologists.

The aims of the expert panel are;

  • to implement mechanisms for accrediting and/or regulating the work of those acting or seeking to act as expert witnesses
  • to consider and discuss issues arising in the course of such work to liaise with Her Majesty’s Government, the Forensic Science Regulator and any other relevant bodes or individuals with regard to such issues

Membership of the Expert Panel is open to all practising forensic archaeologists who are members of CIfA at Member level (MCIfA) and who demonstrate competence against CIfA’s forensic archaeology competency matrix. You can find the application form and the competency matrix on the FAEP webpage.

Membership of the expert panel is recognised by the Home Office Forensic Science Regulator and a list of panel members is available from the FAEP webpage.

Join the Group

Membership of the Forensic Archaeology Special Interest (FASIG) Group is open to CIfA members free of charge and to non-CIfA members for an annual fee of £10. To join using PayPal please see the website.

Membership of the Forensic Archaeology Expert Panel (FAEP) requires you to complete an application form. You can find guidance for applicants, the relevant competency matrix and the application form on the FAEP webpage.

The Committee

Rob Janaway (Chair)

Andy Holland (Secretary)

Caroline Sturdy Colls (Treasurer)

Barrie Simpson

Alexandria Young

Caroline Sims

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.

Forthcoming events

More coming soon!

Previous events

*Representatives of the Servicio Médico Legal of the Government of the Republic of Chile held an event entitled Disappeared but not forgotten: the Chilean experience regarding the search, recovery and identification of victims of human rights violations that occurred during Pinochet's Dictatorship (1973-1990). This was held in Bradford on Wednesday 14 September.
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AGM Minutes

2015 AGM minutes

2013 AGM minutes

2012 AGM minutes

2011 AGM minutes

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