Formed in April 2011, after discussions relating to the ethics and practicalities of working in forensic archaeology. The group promotes best practice in forensic archaeology work to ensure that appropriate standards and guidance for forensic archaeology are adopted, maintained and enforced.
In addition, the group advises CIfA Advisory Council on issues relating to forensic archaeology, disseminates information relating to forensic archaeology, and facilitates the exchange of information and ideas between practitioners and bodies both within the UK and internationally.
Join the Group
Membership of the Forensic Archaeology Special Interest (FASIG) Group is free for CIfA members, just email groups [at] archaeologists.net. Non-members need to pay an annual £10 fee
Membership of the Forensic Archaeology Expert Panel (FAEP) requires you to complete an application form. You can find guidance for applicants, the relevant competency matrix and the application form on the FAEP webpage.
Twitter: follow @CIfA_FASIG on Twitter
Discord: Group members can request to join by emailing Meg at Megan.Keates [at] archaeologists.net.
Karl Harrison (Chair)
Alexandria Young (Secretary)
Laura Helen Evis (co-opted Treasurer)
Please note this committee is looking for two Ordinary Committee Members. If you'd like to join the committee please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAEP: Forensic Archaeology Expert Register and Panel (Expert Panel)
A unique feature of the Forensic Archaeology SIG, is the sub-group FAEP, the expert panel of forensic practitioners. This sub-group has a closed membership, due to the nature of the work, and is only open to practising forensic archaeologists who have demonstrated Member level (MCIfA) within the last two years.
The aims of the expert panel are
- to implement mechanisms for accrediting and/or regulating the work of those acting or seeking to act as expert witnesses
- to consider and discuss issues arising in the course of such work to liaise with Her Majesty’s Government, the Forensic Science Regulator and any other relevant bodes or individuals with regard to such issues
Membership of the Expert Panel is open to all practising forensic archaeologists who are accredited with CIfA at Member level (MCIfA). You can find the application form and the panel regulations on the FAEP webpage. The Expert Panel is recognised by the Home Office Forensic Science Regulator and a list of panel members can be found here as well.
Standards and Guidance
The group has developed the [Standard and Guidance document for forensic archaeologists]. The adoption of this Standard was approved by IfA Council in October 2011 and has since been endorsed by the Home Office Forensic Science Regulator.
Look at Forensic Archaeology Group's Three Year Plan 2020-2022.
Specialist competence matrix
This is to assist applicants and the Validation committee to see where you demonstrate the grade applied for when working in Forensic archaeology.
For information about upcoming events, please visit our event calendar.
- Forensic Archaeology Group first annual poster conference, March 2021. Group members can view the posters here.
- Forensic Archaeology held their AGM on 17th July 2019 at the Canada Water Library in SE London, at 10:30-12:00.
- Estimating the Post-Mortem Interval: From Early Decomposition to Skeletonisation Saturday 24th March 2018, Lancashire, UK,
Morning: Presentations covering current trends in major areas of taphonomic practice: post-mortem interval (PMI) estimation, volatile organic compounds (VOC) estimation, actualistic whole-body modelling and taphonomic facilities, burial and post-mortem biomes, and osseous taphonomy. Followed by an open-round table discussion between academics, practitioners, end-users and regulators into standardisation of research and practice.
Afternoon: there was a hands-on practical on PMI estimation in which attendees were able to apply different methods to a single simulated case. This comprised of a short series of lectures on decomposition processes and chemistry, entomology and body scoring systems, and post-skeletonisation methods.
Download the flyer here
Forensic Archaeology AGM and Special Interest Group Event: Saturday 17 June 2017
The event focused on the current state of forensic taphonomy research. We had 6 speakers who discussed their work in forensic taphonomy and how it applies to case work. There was also a planned visit to the UCLAN's Forensic Taphonomy Experimental Facility and a panel discussion session on the future potential of forensic taphonomy research and how we can build a more collaborative network for taphonomic research. Further details can be found on this Flyer
Representatives of the Servicio Médico Legal of the Government of the Republic of Chile held an event entitled 'Disappeared but not forgotten: the Chilean experience regarding the search, recovery and identification of victims of human rights violations that occurred during Pinochet's Dictatorship (1973-1990)'. This was held in Bradford on Wednesday 14 September. flyer for further details
A special European Forensic Archaeology meeting held jointly between the IfA FAEP and the Netherlands Forensic Institute took place in the Hague on Wednesday 22nd August 2012. www.forensicinstitute.nl. PDF of European Forensic Archaeology meeting