Ethics Workshop (3 June)

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Following successful workshops at CIfA conferences, we are pleased to present the Ethics Workshop in a compact, online, form. This is for anyone and everyone interested in understanding and discussing ethical issues in professional archaeology  - at all levels of the profession and at all grades of membership.

These issues will be presented in a series of ethics case studies, developed from CIfA members’ real-life experiences. Participants will formulate and defend their reactions and solutions to these ethical quandaries using their knowledge of ethical guidelines and laws, as well as their personal research and experiences. This represents a valuable opportunity for participants to undertake Continuing Professional Development and it can help professional archaeologists to gain facility in setting and responding to hypothetical situations. We specifically seek archaeologists from all sectors of the profession (commercial practices, planning authorities and state agencies ) to generate a lively discussion of and ethical solutions to the case studies.

Learning outcomes

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

  • the importance of professional ethics
  • ethics in archaeological practice
  • why good people sometimes do the wrong things
  • ethical decision-making and handling ethical dilemmas
  • the importance of leadership in establishing an ethical culture

Featured presenters
Gerald Wait - Principal Consultant and Managing Director, Triskelion Heritage
Paul Belford - Director, Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust
Rob Lennox - Senior Policy Advisor, Chartered Institute for Archaeologists

£35 CIfA members
£50 non-members


09:50 - Registration and coffee
10:00 - Introduction to ethics
10:15 - Case study 1
10:20 - Questions of law
10:30 - Considering moral and social values
10:40 - Responsibilities to stakeholders
10:50 - Benefits and harms
11:00 - Overview and conclusion
11:15 - Comfort break
11:30 - Discussion groups
11:35 - Case study 2
11:40 - Discussion
12:00 - Group 1 presents
12:05 - Group 2 presents
12:10 - Group 3 presents
12:15 - General discussion
12:30 - Closing remarks and conclusion
12:50 - End of day

Additional info

This will be a web-based workshop using Zoom. Links will be sent to registered attendees the day before the workshop.


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 48 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

June 3rd, 2020 9:50 AM   to   12:50 PM
CIfA member £ 35.00
Non-member £ 50.00

CIfA member £ 35.00
Non-member £ 50.00