The International Practice group provides a forum for archaeologists, historic environment and cultural heritage professionals working on international projects and initiatives (or based outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland), and advise CIfA Advisory Council on issues relevant to international practice of archaeological and cultural heritage management.
The International Practice Group will be acting as a think tank for the delivery of the CIfA strategic plan, with particular focus on:
- Promoting the advancement of archaeological and cultural heritage practice and initiatives on professional practice outside the UK and Ireland
- Exploring issues related to professional standards, methodology, ethics, training and capacity building in countries and cultures with diverse social, cultural and legal systems
- Working towards the preparation of an international code of conduct/best practice guide
- Exchanging and developing knowledge, ideas and practical experiences, to develop best practice
- Organising seminars and workshops to act as a forum for developing and maintaining best practice in matters relating to international cultural heritage
- Establishing relationships and strengthening CIfA links with other international associations and organisations involved in international cultural heritage (e.g. EAA, ICOMOS, ICAHM, IAIA)
- Advising Council on actions it might take in an advocacy role to effect advances in archaeological and heritage practice and management (e.g. European Union, Council of Europe, UNESCO)
- Bringing together international commercial and academic practice on survey, research, heritage management and policy
- Increase understanding of the role of archaeologists in society and improve our status
Join the Group
Membership is free to CIfA members. Non-members need to pay an annual £10 fee
Email: groups [at] archaeologists.net
The International Practice Group is now on LinkedIn. Please do join up to participate in discussions, provide feedback and receive regular updates on group activities. If you’re on LinkedIn please visit the group page here
Chair: Kenny Aitchison
Treasurer: Jamie Quartermaine
Secretary: Caroline Pathy-Barker
Ordinary members of the Committee
Specialist group liaisons/advisors
Evelyne Godfrey (ICOM-UK)
Zsolt Magyar (Central & Eastern Europe)
Kevin Wooldridge (Scandinavia)
John Sode Woodhead (Israel/Middle East)
Caroline Pathy-Barker (East Asia)
Specialist competence matrix
We have recently introduced specialist competence matrices, which have been compiled by our CIfA special interest groups and are tailored to their specific areas. These are to assist applicants and the Validation committee to see where you demonstrate the grade applied for.
The protection of world heritage sites and resources under threat
Please read this Flyer outlining a call for mobilisation of CIfA talents and capabilities. On the second page there is a survey - please complete and return by post to the CIfA office or by email to kerry.wiggins [at] archaeologists.net
Guides to working overseas
The International Practice Group are working on the production of guides for anybody wishing to work in archaeology overseas. These contain a variety of useful information - guides to working in Norway and Hungary have already been produced. Let Kerry know if you would like to produce one to help share information! She can be contacted via email at kerry.wiggins [at] archaeologists.net
For information about upcoming events, please visit our event calendar.
International Practice Group AGM and CPD event, Birmingham, May23rd 2018
The workshop discussed international cultural heritage assessment: policy and practice, addressing regulatory and practical aspects of cultural heritage elements of international Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) projects.
This meeting considered the range of current standards and the steps involved in preparing an ESIA, from gap analysis and scoping to baseline field survey and impact assessment. It also discussed the principles of designing mitigation and enhancement measures, training and outreach activities.
For more information, see the flyer
AGM meeting at the CIfA2017 conference in Newcastle in April. An overview of the groups activity was presented, which can be viewed here IPSIG 2017 AGM presentation