The archaeological profession provides more than 6000 jobs, contributes over £100m to the UK economy every year and employs specialists in many fields. The profession works for both the public and the private sector, so a strong, authoritative body to ensure effective self-regulation is needed. CIfA fulfills this role. It has members from all areas of archaeology - and all of them are bound by regulations codifying professional ethics.
Archaeology today is a fast-developing environment and there are always areas where practice can be improved. Over the coming years the Institute will continue to set and review standards for archaeology. It will strengthen its relationship with other professions in the heritage sector and beyond, to ensure that both clients and the public receive best-value archaeological services.