Developing a Finds Reporting Standards Toolkit for grey literature


This project is funded by Historic England and is being led by Louise Rayner (Archaeology South-East) with the support of the CIfA Finds Group committee and CIfA/HE colleagues. The project aims to produce a Toolkit to improve standards in finds reporting, encompassing several recommendations made by the Historic England funded project Review of the Standard of Reporting on Archaeological Artefacts in England (Cattermole 2017). The survey undertaken for this project demonstrated great variation in the content and quality of specialist artefact reports and highlighted several areas that require improvement. The current project has drafted a Toolkit to aid in the planning, writing and monitoring of finds reports predominately for use within developer-led archaeology and particularly for the creation of grey literature reports. This is currently open for consultation - see below for further details:


There are  6 documents comprising the elements of the Toolkit for you to review, linked below:

1       Introduction and background
2.      A checklist of resources for reports
3.      Definitions and a list of standard terms (based on the Forum on Information Standards in Heritage (FISH) thesauri for archaeological objects and object materials)
4.      Guidance for the use of the checklist
5.      The Checklist
6.      Useful contacts

The aim is to present the finalised Toolkit as a web resource similar to the Toolkit for Selecting Archaeological Archives.

DISCLAIMER: The information presented in the attached documents is focused primarily on Finds Reporting in England though it may also be applied elsewhere, as appropriate. If you work in another country, please do review the documentation and let us know what changes would be needed to make the Toolkit relevant to practice beyond England. The aim of the Toolkit is to provide a widely recognised aid to planning, writing and monitoring finds reporting across the Historic Environment sector.

 Consultation questions:

Please review the documents and consider the following:

1.      Are the documents easy to use, specifically the two Checklists?
2.      Is the information presented clearly and logically?
3.      Is anything missing from the content?
4.      Is there anything you think is not required?
5.      As an online resource, would you refer to the Toolkit as part of your current practice?
6.      If you work outside of England, what elements of the Toolkit would need to change in order to ensure it was relevant and applicable to practice?


Please email your feedback to Jen Parker Wooding by Friday 7 February 2020