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Updating the functional map for archaeological practice

A Functional Map is an accurate and detailed separation of the functions which have to be carried out in order to achieve the key purpose of a particular sector or occupation. It consists of a definition of the key purpose of the occupation, which is then separated out into different functional areas. Each area is then further disaggregated until the level of discrete tasks which can be carried out by an individual is reached. Functional Mapping forms the basis of National Occupational Standards, which also include details of what an individual must be able to do in order to perform these functions adequately.

The functional map for archaeological practice was developed by Carter and Robertson in 2002, (see the NOS page for more details). IfA was commissioned by Creative and Cultural Skills, the sector skills council for archaeology, to update the functional map and ensure that it is still fit for purpose. This forms the first stage of a wider project to update the National Occupational Standards and the vocational qualifications which are based on them.

A draft of the revised functional map can be downloaded here. It has been compiled following consultation with employers and key groups. A final draft will be submitted to CCSkills by the 17 December 2010. Any comments should be sent to

Institute for Archaeologists
Miller Building
University of Reading

Reading RG6 6AB

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