Maritime Affairs Group


The group provides a forum for practicing maritime archaeologists and advises CIfA Adviosry Council on issues relevant to underwater sites, intertidal and nautical archaeology.
MAG aims to

  • promote the advancement of maritime archaeological practice and individual professional development
  • promote greater understanding of maritime archaeology within the wider archaeological community through the publication of technical papers and guidance documents
  • organise seminars and conferences to act as a forum for the development and maintenance of good practice in matters relating to maritime archaeology

Join the Group

Membership of the group is open to anyone involved with maritime archaeology. It is free for CIfA members, non-members need to pay a £10 yearly fee.

For further details please contact the CIfA office at

Tel: 0118 378 6446



Katy Bell, Acting Chair
Mark Dunkley, Hon. Secretary
Ed Salter, Hon. Treasurer
Toby Gane
John McCarthy
Victoria Cooper
Peter Campbell
Robert Mackintosh
Terence Newman

Advisor/group representative: Michael Walsh


For further details of our forthcoming events and links to items relevant to Maritime Archaeology visit the MAG blog site or website

MAG Bulletin

MAG published a bi-annual bulletin which contains news and updates from the world of underwater, maritime and nautical archaeology.


'Slipping Through the Net': Marine Archaeological Archives in Policy and Practice

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Maritime archaeological archives currently face a bleak future. There are few, if any, public repositories with the remit or capacity to collect from the marine zone, a lack of clarity over roles and responsibilities and a tendency for those collections which are not split or sold to remain uncurated and inaccessible. IfA Maritime Affairs Group have produced 'Slipping Through the Net: Marine Archaeological Archives in Policy and Practice' (Ransley & Satchell) which examines the current state of maritime archives and highlights principle issues which must be addressed to ensure a more positive future.

Following a seminar in December 'Slipping Through the Net' was put out to consultation. This version of the document includes revisions following consulatation. Additionally responses have been used to help formulate a future strategy document 'Tightening the Net', which will be available here in the near future.

Download 'Slipping Through the Net'

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