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Working Practices

The archaeological profession provides more than 6000 jobs, contributes over £100m to the UK economy every year and employs specialists in many fields. The profession works for both the public and the private sector, so a strong, authoritative body to ensure effective self-regulation is needed. IfA fulfills this role. It has members from all areas of archaeology - and all of them are bound by by-laws codifying professional ethics.

Archaeology today is a fast-developing environment and there are always areas where practice can be improved. Over the coming years the Institute will continue to set and review standards for archaeology. It will strengthen its relationship with other professions in the heritage sector and beyond, to ensure that both clients and the public receive best-value archaeological services.

The committee for working practices in archaeology (CWPA) is at the sharp end, changing working practices in archaeology and the historic environment for the better. The committee is the first port of call for new standard and guidance documents and for good practice guides covering a wide range of subjects. CWPA is also developing model contracts, monitoring health and safety issues (including the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS)) and working on the long running issue of pay and conditions. The committee membership includes curators, contractors, consultants and specialists, and works closely with all IfA committees. It has a particularly close relationship with the Professional Training and Registered Organisations committees, ensuring that best practice in all aspects of archaeology is developed and promoted effectively.

If you are interested in joining the Committee please contact Kate Geary

Institute for Archaeologists
Miller Building
University of Reading

Reading RG6 6AB

0118 378 6446