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.
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;
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.
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.
Anyone wishing to join the special interest group should contact the CIfA office at
Tel: 0118 378 6446
Membership of the Forensic Archaeology Expert Panel (FAEP) requires you to complete an application form. You find guidance for applicants, the relevant competency matrix and the application form on the FAEP webpage.
Rob Janaway (Chair)
Andy Holland (Secretary)
Caroline Sturdy Colls (Treasurer)
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.
The FASIG committee are pleased to announce details of an event offered by representatives of the Servicio Médico Legal of the Government of the Republic of Chile 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 will be held in Bradford on Wednesday 14 September and is free for FASIG group members.
Please see the flyer for further details
1300 to 1715 at Staffordshire University, Stoke Campus, Science Centre, Leek Road, Stoke?on?Trent,Staffordshire ST4 2DF in Room R002 Lecture Theatre.
For more details please click here
A special European Forensic Archaeology meeting held jointly between the IfA FAEP and the Netherlands Forensic Institute took place in the Hague on Wednesday 22nd August 2012.
During 2012/13 there will be three meetings in the UK Autumn, Early Spring (TBC) and a meeting + AGM during the IfA conference in April 2013