Geophysics Group

AGM 2022

Our Annual general meeting, planned for Thursday 9 March at 10am, has unfortunately had to be cancelled due to low attendance. Group members will be informed of next steps when they happen.


Geophysics Group (GeoSIG) represents the interests of archaeological geophysicists to CIfA and in the Institute's activities. GeoSIG role is to act as a focus for CIfA members interested in geophysics, produce documents and guidelines relating to geophysical work and to promote geophysical work constructively within the structure of archaeology.

GeoSIG is working closely with ISAP, NSGG, and EuroGPR to ensure that we keep up to date with developments in the wider geophysical community. The committee also has close links with the Near Surface committee of EAGE.

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Membership is free to CIfA members, and CIfA members can join by emailing Non-members need to pay an annual £10 fee.

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Lucy Parker (Chair)
Sam Harrison (Treasurer)
John Walford
Graham Arkley
Chris Sykes
James Lawton
Matt Guy (Advisor and Liason for NSGG)
Paul Linford (Advisor/ Liason for Historic England and ISAP
Alastair Ruffell (Advisor/liason for the Forensics Archaeology Group

There are representatives from ISAP, EuroGPR, EAGE and Historic England, and the committee plan build further repsresentation from ALGAO, Cadw, Historic Scotland and NIEA

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 in Geophysics.

Forthcoming events

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

Previous events

  • CIfA2019 Archaeology: values, benefits, and legacies Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds: Archaeological Geophysics: Why do we do it? Is it done well? Does it matter?
    During the CIfA 2019 GeoSIG session, Mark Whittingham (GeoSIG OCM / Phase Site Investigations Ltd) presented. Over the coming year the group committee will be updating the Standard and guidance for archaeological geophysical survey to bring it in line with current techniques, methodology and best practice. Before the guidance is completed we consulted in this session. Further details can be found on the conference pages.

  • AGM 2018
    Held the AGM, a committee meeting and had a guest speaker, Dinah Saich (Principal Archaeologist for South Yorkshire Archaeology Service) who gave a short presentation on how geophysics fits into the planning process and upcoming development projects of potential interest in the area over the next couple of years.

  • Talking 'bout my generation - Early career archaeological Geophysicists session
    Geophysics (GeoSIG) and New Generation groups held an afternoon session at the International Conference of Archaeological Prospection (ICAP), University of Bradford. The aim was provide to a forum to discuss how to begin a career in commercial archaeological geophysics, plus CPD training to improve delegates’ employability. For more information, click here.

  • AGM in January 2017
    We had identified a number of key initiatives that we really wanted to see come to fruition over the following 12-18 months and requested help and support from those with the experience and passion for archaeological geophysics to help realise these ambitions: Data Archiving, Technical Papers, Standards and Guidance, Health and Safety and communications.

AGM minutes

Committee minutes

Three-year plan

Business plan 2017 - 2022