Maritime Affairs Group
The group provides a forum for practicing maritime archaeologists and advises IfA 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 IfA members, non-members need to pay a £10 yearly fee.
For further details please contact the IfA office at
Institute for Archaeologists
Miller Building, University of Reading
Whiteknights Reading, RG6 6AB
Tel: 0118 378 6446
Hanna Steyne, Temporary Chair
Mark Dunkley, Hon. Secretary
Ed Salter, Hon. Treasurer
For further details of our forthcoming events and links to items relevant to Maritime Archaeology visit the MAG website http://ifamag.wordpress.com/
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
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.