The Archaeologist

CIfA produces a regular magazine called The Archaeologist, which takes a look at current issues that concern professional archaeologists.

Each edition offers a feature article concerned with aspects of the profession seen from a variety of perspectives alongside member news, book reviews and short articles. We occasionally include an interview or debate article which aims to bring current news and views to all members.

Each issue highlights our new members alongside member news, and our Registered Organisations often provide updates and project news.

If you have some news you would like to pass on to other members, or a project you are keen to promote, please get in touch with the magazine editor, Alex Llewellyn (alex.llewellyn [at] Alex would also like to hear from anyone with an idea for a debate article, or a subject for our interviews.

Submitting articles

Each issue of The Archaeologist has a themed feature article, which tends to include a collection of shorter articles. Forthcoming themes are highlighted after the editorial of each magazine, along with submission dates. Please email your contributions to Alex Llewellyn (alex.llewellyn [at]

Future themes

  • TA113 Archaeologists create and deliver public benefit in many ways; increasing understanding of the past is at the heart of everything we do and we have an ethical commitment to promote the value of the historic environment and to engage with the public to include, inform and inspire. For 2021 CIfA and the Voluntary and Community Special Interest Group will be focusing on public benefit through a range of events, resources and publications, including TA113, which will showcase the different and innovative means of delivery of all forms of public benefit, from community engagement to increasing research value and knowledge gain, on a range of projects and to diverse audiences. If you’ve got a project you’d like us to include please contact alex.llewellyn [at] Deadline: 1 April 2021

  • TA114 Using geophysical investigation for heritage management: For more than 30 years, geophysical survey has played a major role in developer-funded archaeology, with its exponential growth amplified by Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects using large-scale geophysical survey as a mitigation tool. With urgent priorities such those in the recent White Paper Planning for the Future (Aug 2020) and recommendations 11 and 21 in the Tailored Review of Historic England (Nov 2020) this edition will investigate how geophysical survey is used effectively within archaeological projects and showcase the added value the discipline can provide. If you’ve got an article you’d like us to include please contact alex.llewellyn [at] Deadline: 1 August 2021


If you are interested in advertising in The Archaeologist please contact Gordon Sorensen (gordon [at] at Cathedral Communications

Current editions

The latest editions are free to all members and available for download; non-members can purchase a copy for £10 - please contact admin [at] Please note that editions of The Archaeologist published within the last year are not available for download to non-members (members will need to be logged in).

Past issues

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The Archaeologist - past issues