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 and is free for CIfA members. Non-members need to pay an annual £10 fee.

For further details please contact the CIfA office at


Danielle Wilkinson (Chair)
Stephanie Said (Hon. Secretary)
Alison James (Hon. Treasurer)
Alistair Byford-Bates
Paolo Croce
Diana Donaghue (currently covered by Michael Walsh)
Hefin Meara
Terry Newman
Phoebe Ronn


Nikki Cook
Victoria Cooper
Toby Gane

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The 2019 Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 3 July at Wessex Archaeology offices, Portway House, Old Sarum Park, Salisbury, SP4 6EB. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Minutes from last year's AGM can be found below. Several members are coming to the end of their first or second term this year so nominations are invited for the roles of Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and four ordinary committee member positions. If you are interested in standing for the committee please fill in and return the nomination form by Friday 14 June.

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
MASIG AGM minutes 2019
MASIG AGM minutes 2018
MASIG AGM minutes 2017


Bridging the Gap in Maritime Archaeology: Working with Professional and Public Communities

Edited by Katy Bell this marks the publication of a conference session held at CIfA 2014 organised by the Marine Archaeology Special Interest Group. The session focused on ways in which it is possible, given the obvious constraints of working in the marine environment, to engage with a wider audience in the course of maritime archaeological work. The volume presents a series of case studies exhibiting best practice with regard to individual maritime projects and examples of outreach to local communities, including the creation of accessibility to remote and hard-to-reach archaeological sites. You can download it for free or buy a hard copy here

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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