Ethics workshop

This event is currently full. However you can register now and get added to a waiting list. You will be notified if spaces become available.
 Registration is closed for this event
This online ethics workshop is for anyone interested in understanding and discussing ethical issues in professional archaeology - at all levels of the profession.


Zoom details have now been sent out for this event - if you have registered and not received these, please check your junk mail folder or contact us via



One of the hallmarks of professional institutes and registers is that they have developed codes of ethical behaviour binding on all those they accredit. These rules are created by professionals to deal with complex situations where right and wrong are not easily perceived and may not even be fixed.

Using case studies developed from real-life experiences in archaeological practice, participants will use ethical guidance and experience to formulate and discuss their reactions and solutions to these ethical quandaries:

  • Archaeological activities associated with salvage from shipwrecks
  • The role of archaeologists in the recovery of Indigenous and First Nation child burials at North American residential schools

This represents a valuable opportunity for participants to undertake Continuing Professional Development/Education and it can help professional archaeologists to gain facility in setting about and responding everyday ethical situations. Having thought about ethical challenges in a workshop makes it much easier to deal with similar issues later encountered in real life!


Learning outcomes

By attending this workshop, delegates can expect to come away with a greater understanding of

  • the importance of professional ethics in archaeological practice
  • why good people sometimes do the wrong things
  • ethical decision-making and handling ethical dilemmas
  • how professional ethics are an asset not a hazard


Featured presenters

  • Deb Rotman – Executive Director, Register of Professional Archaeologists
  • Peter Hinton – Chief Executive, Chartered Institute for Archaeologists


Additional info

RPA members - please select the 'please invoice the RPA' option when registering as the RPA will cover the full registration cost for you to attend. This will be invoiced direct to the RPA.

This will be a web-based workshop using Zoom. Links will be sent to registered attendees the day before the workshop. The workshop will be held between 14:00 and 17:00 BST.



A full refund may be given on cancellations up to one week before the event. Within one week, a 50% refund will be given up to 24 hours before the event. Once the event has started, refunds may only be given in exceptional circumstances. To request a refund, please email us at


July 21st, 2021 2:00 PM (BST/UTC+1)   to   5:00 PM (BST/UTC+1)
Standard event registration (GBP)
CIfA member £ 10.00
RPA registrant £ 10.00
Non CIfA member/RPA registrant £ 25.00
CIfA event bursary recipient £ 0.00

Standard event registration (GBP)
CIfA member £ 10.00
RPA registrant £ 10.00
Non CIfA member/RPA registrant £ 25.00
CIfA event bursary recipient £ 0.00