Our Strategic Plan for 2010-2020 focuses clearly on the duty of the Institute to society, and to protect the public interest. It takes as a starting point a strong vision for the role of its members.
Archaeologists study – and care for - the past through its physical remains. These remains whether built, buried, on land or underwater, extraordinary or everyday, magnificent or mundane all contribute to our historic environment. The resources of the historic environment, like those of the natural environment, are for the benefit of everyone in society, today and in the future, and need to be treated with care and expertise. Archaeologists have a unique set of skills to tap into these resources - to find them, to explore them, to manage them and to realise their true potential for education and research, the improvement of our environment and the enrichment of people’s lives. We have a duty to society to fulfil this role.
In this context, it is the duty of CIfA to promote high professional standards and strong ethics in archaeological practice, to maximise the benefits that archaeologists bring to society, and to bring recognition and respect to our profession.