Marine Archaeology Special Interest Group

Marine archaeology special interest group


The group provides a forum for practicing maritime archaeologists and advises CIfA Advisory Council on issues relevant to underwater sites, intertidal and nautical archaeology.
MASIG aims to

  • promote the advancement of maritime archaeological practice and individual professional development
  • promote greater understanding of maritime archaeology within the wider archaeological community through the publication of technical papers and guidance documents
  • organise seminars and conferences to act as a forum for the development and maintenance of good practice in matters relating to maritime archaeology

Join the Group

Membership of the group is open to anyone involved with maritime archaeology. It is free for CIfA members, non-members pay a £10 yearly fee.

For further details please contact the CIfA office at


Victoria Cooper (Chair)
Toby Gane (Hon. Secretary)
Katy Bell (Hon. Treasurer)
Alistair Byford-Bates
Paolo Croce
Diana Donaghue
Alison James
Michael Walsh

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Previous events

  • The 2018 Annual General Meeting was held on Thursday 21st June at Wessex Archaeology. Alistair Byford-Bates and Diana Donaghue were elected as ordinary committee members.

  • The 2017 Annual General Meeting was held on Friday 21 April at the CIfA 2017 Conference in Newcastle directly after the group's session 'Marine archaeology: global standards for protection and professional practice'. No committee positions were up for election.

  • The 2016 Annual General Meeting was held on Monday 18 July in Southampton. The meeting was quorate and all committee positions were filled. Thanks go to the retiring committee. The new committee is listed above and AGM minutes are below.

Business plan

Business plan 2014-2017

MASIG Bulletin

MASIG publish a bi-annual bulletin which contains news and updates from the world of underwater, maritime and nautical archaeology.

AGM Minutes

MAG AGM Minutes 2016
AGM Minutes June 2015
AGM Minutes April 2014
AGM Minutes April 2013


Slipping Through the Net': Marine Archaeological Archives in Policy and Practice

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Maritime archaeological archives currently face a bleak future. There are few, if any, public repositories with the remit or capacity to collect from the marine zone, a lack of clarity over roles and responsibilities and a tendency for those collections which are not split or sold to remain uncurated and inaccessible. IfA Maritime Affairs Group have produced 'Slipping Through the Net: Marine Archaeological Archives in Policy and Practice' (Ransley & Satchell) which examines the current state of maritime archives and highlights principle issues which must be addressed to ensure a more positive future.

Following a seminar in December 'Slipping Through the Net' was put out to consultation. This version of the document includes revisions following consultation. Additionally responses have been used to help formulate a future strategy document 'Tightening the Net', which will be available here in the near future.

Download 'Slipping Through the Net'

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