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)

David Sabin (Treasurer)

Peter Barker

Martin Roseveare, EuroGPR liaison

Andrew Hutt

Advisory/liaison members:
Alastair Ruffell - ForSIG liaison
Paul Linford - HE & ISAP liaison
Anne Roseveare - liaison with BSSS
Matt Guy - NSGG liaison

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

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Forthcoming events

CIfA GeoSIG & ADS Archiving Workshop - 27 November 2015

The Geophysics Special Interest Group (GeoSIG) have joined up with the Archaeology Data Service (ADS) to offer a one-day CPD workshop in Birmingham on data archiving for geophysics using the ADS services. Given that a number of specifications for geophysical survey now require submission to a repository such as ADS it is hoped that this will be a useful and well-attended event, of interest to those working in the commercial, academic and research/volunteer sectors of archaeological geophysics. Places are limited so book your place soon!

The day will comprise a workshop and a round-table discussion on the past, present and future of geophysical data archiving; the last time either GeoSIG or ADS had a cross-sector appraisal of geophysical archiving was some 5 years ago and there have certainly been some changes within the industry in that time.

Louisa Matthews (ADS Collections Development Manager) and Ray Moore (ADS-easy Manager and Lead Digital Archivist) will be taking us through the ADS system whilst GeoSIG committee members will be in attendance to assist with the round-table discussions.

Bookings now closed

Past events

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

AGM and Committee meetings

Committee Minutes

Minutes of meeting July 2012


November 2013

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