User login

Follow CIfA

Facebook link Linked In link Twitter link

International Practice Group


The International Practice group provides a forum for archaeologists, historic environment and cultural heritage professionals working on international projects and initiatives (or based outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland), and advise IfA council on issues relevant to international practice of archaeological and cultural heritage management.

The International Practice Group will be acting as a think tank for the delivery of the IfA strategic plan, with particular focus on:

• Promoting the advancement of archaeological and cultural heritage practice and initiatives on professional practice outside the UK and Ireland

• Exploring issues related to professional standards, methodology, ethics, training and capacity building in countries and cultures with diverse social, cultural and legal systems

• Working towards the preparation of an international code of conduct/best practice guide

• Exchanging and developing knowledge, ideas and practical experiences, to develop best practice

• Organising seminars and workshops to act as a forum for developing and maintaining best practice in matters relating to international cultural heritage

• Establishing relationships and strengthening IfA links with other international associations and organisations involved in international cultural heritage (e.g. EAA, ICOMOS, ICAHMIAIA)

• Advising Council on actions it might take in an advocacy role to effect advances in archaeological and heritage practice and management (e.g. European Union, Council of Europe, UNESCO)

• Bringing together international commercial and academic practice on survey, research, heritage management and policy

• Increase understanding of the role of archaeologists in society and improve our status

Join the Group

Membership is free to IfA members (£10 for non-members). To join, please contact us by email (, or via the IfA office at Tel: 0118 378 6446

The Committee


Leonora O’Brien, Hon. Chair
Gerry Wait, Hon. Treasurer
Alice Hobson, Hon. Secretary

Ordinary members of the Committee

Annette Roe
Kenneth Aitchison
Paul Belford
David Jennings
Ian Oxley

Get Involved! The International Practice Group is now on LinkedIn. Please do join up to participate in discussions, provide feedback and receive regular updates on group activities. If you’re on LinkedIn please visit the group page here

Forthcoming events

Summer social: A summer night at the museum

We would like to invite members to get together for a visit to the Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation exhibition at the British Museum, London, on Friday 22 May 2015, from 1730 to 2030, followed by a social evening in a nearby pub.

Cost £8-10 for adults, free to members of the British Museum. Email if you would be interested in attending so we can gauge numbers and book timed tickets

We look forward to seeing you there!

Training workshop: Introduction to community consultation and participation in international cultural heritage

IPSIG is planning to hold a training day in November 2015, focusing on the range of social science methods used in community-based participatory research related to cultural heritage, including engagement tools, ethical and human rights issues, and effective consultation with affected communities.

If you have particular experience of these issues, we would like to hear from you! We would also be grateful if you would forward this call to any colleagues in heritage or social science disciplines who may be interested in contributing to the workshop. Please email by 15 April

Past events

Conference: IPSIG session

IPSIG hosted a session at the 2014 IfA Conference in Glasgow entitled Research without boundaries.

Below are the pdf’s of some of the presentations.

Research without boundaries

Session handout and overview

Research without boundaries - Leonora O’Brien

World heritage sites: global opportunity, national challenge - Lesley Macinnes

Navigating collaborative European projects in archaeology - Holly Wright

Discovering the archaeologists of the World - Kenneth Aitchison and Doug Rocks-Macqueen

Hummingbird (Dugbe I) gold project, Liberia - Ken Whittaker

IPSIG AGM presentation - Leonora O’Brien

Three year business plan

Business plan - April 2014

Committee agendas and minutes

March 2015

February 2014

December 2013

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

0118 378 6446