Buildings Archaeology Group


The CIfA Buildings Archaeology Special Interest Group was reformed in 2003 to act as a forum for promoting the archaeological analysis, research, interpretation of standing structures.


The group aims to promote the analysis of the built environment and to raise awareness of approaches and methodologies to address the wider role of buildings archaeology with other professionals in built heritage sector by:

  • advising CIfA council on issues relating to standing buildings and being consulted during the drafting of new recording guidelines and heritage legislation.
  • Producing regular newsletters (two per year)
  • Articles in the CIfA magazine 'The Archaeologist'
  • Training events (seminars, guidance and conference sessions)
  • Developing links with associated heritage professionals
  • To provide a forum for addressing the wider role of buildings archaeology within the built heritage sector

Join the group

Membership is free to CIfA members, and £10 for non-members.


Tim Murphy (Chair)
Nigel Neil (Secretary)
Esther Robinson-Wild (Treasurer)

Charlotte Adcock (Newsletter editor)
Norma Oldfield (Events & outreach)
Gillian Scott (Standards & Guidance)
Jess Tipper (Ordinary committee member)
Megan Lloyd-Regan (Ordinary committee member)

Suzanne Lilley (Specialist adviser)

Specialist competence matrix

We have recently introduced specialist competence matrices, which have been compiled by our CIfA special interest groups and are tailored to their specific areas. These are to assist applicants and the Validation committee to see where you demonstrate the grade applied for.

Chartered Archaeologist consultation - what does it mean to Buildings Archaeologists

Please read the Article

Forthcoming events

Archaeological Building Recording: Processing and Archiving

22 June 2018 at Cressing Temple Barns, Witham Road, Cressing, CM77 8PD The start time is 9.45 for registration
Talks will be given by Mark Barratt, Oasis Project Officer at Historic England and Louisa Matthews, Collections Development Manager at the Archaeology Data Service.
During the afternoon delegates will have the opportunity to walk around Cressing Temple. The site, which is a Scheduled Monument and contains a number of listed structures, is of national interest for its unique buildings and gardens.

For more details and to book please go to the Eventbrite Page
Tickets Please note there is a standard ticket at £20 for non-members, which includes one year free membership of the group. If you are a CIfA member please use the discount code CIfAmember before selecting your tickets for £15.

Previous events

Business plan

Business plan 2014-2016

AGM and EGM Minutes

AGM minutes 2017

AGM minutes - April 2014

AGM minutes - April 2012

EGM minutes - August 2011

Committee Minutes

27 September 2017

30 May 2017

18 January 2016

28 September 2015

6 January 2015


Spring 2018 - issue 38

Spring 2015 - issue 37

Autumn 2014 - issue 36


  • Building Material Research - Ian Betts (MOLAS)
  • The Big Picture - Pat Reynolds (CBM Researcher)
  • What can tile tell us? - Phil Mills (University of Leicester)
  • Ceramic building materials in archaeology - Sandra Garside-Neville (CBM Researcher)
  • The staffordshire potteries; an archaeological approach - David Barker (Stoke on Trent Council)
  • The Wild Court Rookery; the archaeology of a 19th century London slum in its social and international context - Bruce Watson and Nigel Jeffries (MOLAS)
  • The role of research agendas and data in the historic environment - Stephen Deane (Staffordshire County Council)
  • From Ale house to Crack house; documenting the decline of the Sheffield pub - Oliver Jessop and Mark Douglas (ARCUS)

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