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Geophysics Special Interest Group (GeoSIG)

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Members of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) and the wider archaeological geophysical community have come together to form the CIfA Geophysics Special Interest Group (GeoSIG). Open to both CIfA members for free and to non-CIfA members for a small fee. The GeoSIG represents the interests of archaeological geophysicists to CIfA council and in the Institute’s activities.

The role of GeoSIG is to

  • act as a focus for CIfA members interested in geophysics
  • produce documents and guidelines relating to geophysical work
  • promote geophysical work constructively within the structure of archaeology

The group is currently examining a number of specific issues

  • the practical implementation of guidelines such as the Geophysical Survey in Archaeological Field Evaluation (English Heritage, 2008)
  • archiving of geophysical data
  • training and CPD for practitioners in archaeological geophysics
  • training and CPD for users of archaeological geophysics

GeoSIG is working closely with ISAP, NSGG, and EuroGPR to ensure that we keep up to date with developments in the wider geophysical community. The committee also has close links with the Near Surface committee of EAGE.

Join the Group

Membership is free to CIfA members (£10 for non-members). To join, please contact the CIfA office at

Tel: 0118 378 6446


The GeoSIG committee comprises of:

Jimmy Adcock (Chair)
Paul Baggaley (Secretary)
Vacant (Treasurer)
Peter Barker
Andrew Hutt

Advisory/liaison members:
George Tuckwell
Paul Linford
Alastair Ruffell
Martin Roseveare
Anne Roseveare

There are representatives from ISAP, NSGG, EuroGPR, EAGE and English Heritage, and plans to include representatives from ALGAO, Cadw, Historic Scotland and NIEA.

Forthcoming events

AGM Meeting - 5 March 2015
Room 16
Birmingham and Midland Institute
Margaret Street
B3 3BS

Over the last year GeoSIG has identified a number of areas in which it would like to concentrate its efforts over the coming 12 months. These have largely come out of discussions at the Commercial Archaeological Geophysics Seminar, that we were involved with in Bradford last Spring, and also the NSGG Recent Work in Archaeological Geophysics meeting in London before Christmas. Avenues for development include:

  • improving our online presence and communication within the group as well as forging better links between the group and other parties interested or impacted upon by geophysics

  • developing or helping to exploit existing opportunities for CPD and training for archaeologists at all stages of their geophysical career – increasingly important with the Chartership of the Institute now officially in place

  • developing a programme of outreach to provide CPD opportunities for those procuring, or otherwise working with the results of, geophysical surveys and reports

  • assisting CIfA in producing useful, useable, up-to-date documentation pertaining to geophysical survey

The agenda can be found here

Past events

Commercial Archaeological Geophysics Seminar - Friday 15 March - Saturday 16 March 2014
More information about this event can be found here

A one day seminar on Geophysics was hosted with ALGAO on November 2010. Some of the presentations from the day can be downloaded below

Committee Minutes

Minutes of meeting July 2012


November 2013

Chartered Institute for Archaeologists
Miller Building, University of Reading
Reading, Berkshire RG6 6AB

0118 378 6446