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
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
Tel: 0118 378 6446
Katy Bell, Acting Chair
Mark Dunkley, Hon. Secretary
Ed Salter, Hon. Treasurer
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 http://ifamag.wordpress.com/ or website http://www.ifamaritimeaffairsgroup.org/aboutmag/
MAG published a bi-annual bulletin which contains news and updates from the world of underwater, maritime and nautical archaeology.
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.