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 IfA at Member level (MIfA) and who demonstrate competence against IfA’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 IfA members free of charge and to non-IfA members for an annual fee of £10.

Anyone wishing to join the special interest group should contact the IfA 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.

The Committee

The current committee were elected at the group's AGM on 17 April 2013.

Rob Janaway (Chair)

Andy Holland (Secretary)

Caroline Sturdy-Colls (Treasurer)

Barrie Simpson

John Hunter

Alexandria Young

Caroline Sims

Charles Enright

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 meetings and events

The FASIG AGM will be held at the CIfA conference on Thursday 21 April at 10.30am in Room LT2 in the Ken Edwards Building.

There are three vacancies for Ordinary committee member. Please complete the nomination form if you're interested in joining the committee

Previous Workshops

Forensic Archaeology and Shallow Sub?Surface Geophysics workshop

Wednesday 20 March 2013

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

Meetings and Events

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.

PDF of European Forensic Archaeology meeting

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

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