International Practice Group


The International Practice group provides a forum for archaeologists, historic environment and cultural heritage professionals working on international projects and initiatives (or based outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland), and advise CIfA Advisory Council on issues relevant to international practice of archaeological and cultural heritage management.

The International Practice Group will be acting as a think tank for the delivery of the CIfA strategic plan, with particular focus on:

  • Promoting the advancement of archaeological and cultural heritage practice and initiatives on professional practice outside the UK and Ireland
  • Exploring issues related to professional standards, methodology, ethics, training and capacity building in countries and cultures with diverse social, cultural and legal systems
  • Working towards the preparation of an international code of conduct/best practice guide
  • Exchanging and developing knowledge, ideas and practical experiences, to develop best practice
  • Organising seminars and workshops to act as a forum for developing and maintaining best practice in matters relating to international cultural heritage
  • Establishing relationships and strengthening CIfA links with other international associations and organisations involved in international cultural heritage (e.g. EAA, ICOMOS, ICAHM, IAIA)
  • Advising Council on actions it might take in an advocacy role to effect advances in archaeological and heritage practice and management (e.g. European Union, Council of Europe, UNESCO)
  • Bringing together international commercial and academic practice on survey, research, heritage management and policy
  • Increase understanding of the role of archaeologists in society and improve our status

Join the Group

Membership is free to CIfA members.Non-members can join by PayPal

Email: groups [at]

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Kenneth Aitchison, Chair
Jamie Quartermaine,Treasurer
Secretary, Kathryn Price

Ordinary members of the Committee
Rob Early
Richard Lee
Peter Clark
Frank Meddens
Leonora O’Brien
Mark Dunkley

Specialist group liaisons/advisors
Evelyne Godfrey (ICOM-UK)
Zsolt Magyar (Central & Eastern Europe)
Kevin Wooldridge (Scandinavia)
John Sode Woodhead (Israel/Middle East)
Caroline Pathy-Barker (East Asia)

Find us on social media

The International Practice Group is now on LinkedIn. Please do join up to participate in discussions, provide feedback and receive regular updates on group activities. If you’re on LinkedIn please visit the group page here

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.


The protection of world heritage sites and resources under threat
Please read this Flyer outlining a call for mobilisation of CIfA talents and capabilities. On the second page there is a survey - please complete and return by post to the CIfA office or by email to kerry.wiggins [at]


CIfA’s consultation on the Cultural Heritage Protection Fund in February 2016

CIfA's response

Guides to working overseas

The International Practice Group are working on the production of guides for anybody wishing to work in archaeology overseas. These contain a variety of useful information - guides to working in Norway and Hungary have already been produced. Let Jen know if you would like to produce one to help share information! She can be contacted via email at kerry.wiggins [at]

Guide to working in Norway - Kevin Wooldridge (IPSIG Liaison for Scandinavia)

Guide to working in Hungary by Zsolt Magyar (IPSIG Liaison for Central & Eastern Europe)

Forthcoming events

CIfA International Cultural Heritage Practice Group: AGM and CPD Workshop – Birmingham, Wednesday 23rd May 2018

The International Cultural Heritage Practice Group is organising a CPD session on international cultural heritage assessment: policy and practice. The CPD session will address regulatory and practical aspects of cultural heritage elements of international Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) projects. This will consider the range of current standards and the steps involved in preparing an ESIA, from gap analysis and scoping to baseline field survey and impact assessment. We will also discuss the principles of designing mitigation and enhancement measures, training and outreach activities. The 2018 Group AGM will be held on the same day.

Course Content
The workshop will cover both regulatory and practical aspects of undertaking ESIA:
 Cultural heritage in the context of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment projects
 International agreements and national heritage legislation, standards and permitting regimes
 International Financial Institutions’ standards and best practice for cultural heritage
 Practical aspects: safety, logistics, cooperation, local expertise and cross-cultural awareness
 Developing the capacity and skills of host country colleagues and building up local heritage institutions

Day Programme:

10:00 Registration (Tea & Coffee available from 9:30am)

10:15-10:20 Introduction to the day Kenneth Aitcheson Acting Chair of IPG

10:20-10:55 CDP Presentation One: International agreements and national heritage legislation, standards and permitting regimes Charles Le Quesne Principal Cultural Heritage Consultant at ERM

10:55-11:10 Questions & discussion

11:10-11:45 CDP Presentation Two: International Financial Institutions and Cultural Heritage: Policies, Standards, and Practice June Taboroff

11:45-12:00 Questions & discussion

12:00-12:30 CIfA IPG AGM (all invited, only IPG members can vote)

12:30-13:15 Lunch (provided)

13:15-13:35 Case Study One: Cultural heritage impact assessment for a mining project in Macedonia (FYROM)Conor RyanCultural Heritage & Environmental Consultant, Golde

13:35-13:55 Case Study Two: International Pipelines and International Funding David Maynard. Director at Landsker Archaeology Ltd.

13:55-14:10 Discussion

14:10-14:30 Tea

14:30-14:50 Case Study Three: The Japanese Cultural Heritage System and ORJACH – Online resource of Japanese Archaeology & Cultural Heritage. Caroline Pathy-Barker

15:50-16:10 Case Study Four: The Background, Requirement and Establishment of CIfA Deutschland as a CIfA Area Group: its aims regarding enhancing International Practice. Presenter TBC Member of CIfA Deutschland

16:10-16:30 Discussion and close

Course cost: £25 for members & £35 for non-members, including lunch.

Book here:

For more information, see the flyer

Past events

  • AGM meeting at the CIfA2017 conference in Newcastle in April. An overview of the groups activity was presented, which can be viewed here IPSIG 2017 AGM presentation

  • AGM meeting at the CIfA2016 conference in Leicester in April. An overview of the groups activity was presented, which can be viewed here IPSIG 2016 AGM presentation

  • Summer social: A summer night at the museum in May 2015. This involved a visit to the Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation exhibition at the British Museum, London followed by a social evening.

  • Conference: IPSIG hosted a session at the 2014 IfA Conference in Glasgow entitled Research without boundaries.

Below are the pdf's of some of the presentations

Session handout and overview

Research without boundaries - Leonora O'Brien

World heritage sites: global opportunity, national challenge - Lesley Macinnes

Navigating collaborative European projects in archaeology - Holly Wright

Discovering the archaeologists of the World - Kenneth Aitchison and Doug Rocks-Macqueen

Hummingbird (Dugbe I) gold project, Liberia - Ken Whittaker

Annual report


Business plan

Business plan 2018 - 2021
Business plan 2014-2017

AGM minutes

IPSIG 2017 AGM presentation

IPSIG 2017 AGM Minutes

IPSIG 2016 AGM presentation

AGM minutes 2015

IPSIG AGM 2015 presentation - Leonora O'Brien

AGM minutes 2014

IPSIG AGM 2014 presentation - Leonora O'Brien

Forming AGM minutes 2013

Committee minutes

January 2016

March 2015

February 2014

December 2013

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