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 Advisory 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)
  • writing articles for the 'The Archaeologist' magazine
  • running training events (seminars, guidance and conference sessions)
  • developing links with associated heritage professionals
  • providing a forum for addressing the wider role of buildings archaeology within the built heritage sector

BAP series

Since 2019 BAG has hosted a successful seminar series, Building Archaeologists in the Pub. First held in York, UK, We hope to transform the series to online talks while the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Can you help us? We are on the lookout for new BAP hosts in the group. We think being a BAP Host would be a great opportunity for experienced professionals and those looking to update their online presentation and public speaking skills. If this role interests you, please get in touch with the committee via groups [at] or get in touch via the group Twitter and LinkedIn (details below).

Join the group

Membership is free to CIfA members through the Members area login. Those who are not members of the institute will need to pay an annual £10 fee and can join here

Twitter: @CIfABAG
Facebook:like the Buildings Group on Facebook
LinkedIn: CIfA Buildings Archaeology Special Interest Group


Jeremy Lake (Chair)
John Mabbitt (Secretary)
Alison Dickens (acting Newsletter Editor)
Amir Bassir
Lorna Goring
Cathy Coutts
Catherine Bell (Advisor)

Specialist competence matrix

This specialist matrix is to assist applicants and the Validation committee to see where you demonstrate the grade applied for when working with buildings.

Forthcoming events

For information about upcoming events, please visit our event calendar.

Previous events

  • CIfA Conference 2018 BAG Workshop ‘Brick by Brick– Understanding the roles and practices of Buildings Archaeology'

  • Archaeological Building Recording: Processing and Archiving
    22 June 2018 at Cressing Temple Barns - Talks were 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.

  • IHBC CPD event - Last Orders CPD conference

  • IHBC CPD event - Building Limes update
  • Stow Maries tour and short lecture

Three-year plan


AGM minutes

To be uploaded soon

Committee minutes

To be uploaded soon.


Winter 2019 - issue 42

Summer 2019 - issue 41

Spring 2019 - issue 40