CIfA respond to the publication of the Archaeology Strategy for Scotland

CIfA welcomes the launch of the Archaeology Strategy for Scotland, which was officially announced today at the European Association of Archaeologist’s conference, which is being held in Glasgow.

Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy is a ten-year plan to contribute to the delivery of archaeological aspects of the Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland, as well as supporting the delivery of the National Strategy for Scotland’s Museums and Galleries.

CIfA applauds Historic Scotland and the Scottish Strategic Archaeology Committee for the Strategy, particularly for its inclusive tone and the recognition that archaeology is for everyone, its emphasis on innovation and skills, and recognition that all archaeology is research-driven. The Institute also warmly welcomes the Strategy’s assertion that all archaeologists should be following the CIfA Code of conduct and Standards.

The Institute is keen to play its part in the delivery of the plan over its lifetime and looks forward to opportunities to working with partners towards its implementation.

CIfA Senior Policy Advisor Tim Howard said of the launch:
“We are pleased to see a strategic framework for participation in archaeology by people from a wide range of backgrounds, all working to professional standards. The strategy will play a part in the continued advancement towards these laudable aims.”

Cara Jones, Chair of CIfA Scotland Group said:
“The Scottish Group of CIfA welcome the emphasis on innovation and professional skills. The Group has an established programme of courses and CPD events and is keen further to develop its role in ensuring archaeologists in Scotland have the skills they need to implement this exciting vision for the study and care of Scotland’s historic environment.”