Finds Group

Background

The first meeting of the CIfA Finds Group took place in November 1989. The function of the group is to represent the interests of finds workers to CIfA and in all the activities of the Institute. It also:

  • advises council on finds related issues and reviews relevant documents etc.
  • acts as a focus for all members of the CIfA who have an interest in finds.
  • produces a newsletter and holds seminars and meetings, to discuss the latest issues.

We have also produced the documents Guidelines for Finds Work and the Standards and guidance for the collection, documentation, conservation and research of archaeological materials.

Due to the broad field we work in the group focuses on themes such as practice and the relationship between finds and other areas of archaeology. The main aim is to promote finds work constructively within the structure of our profession.

Join the Group

Membership of the Finds Group is open to anybody with an interest in Finds - in the broadest sense of the word. Membership is free to CIfA members.Non-members can join by PayPal

Email: groups@archaeologists.net

Social Media

Twitter - https://twitter.com/CifaFinds

Committee

Phil Mills (Chair)
Louise Rayner (Treasurer)

Rowena Hart (Ordinary Committee Member)
Kayt Marter-Brown (Ordinary Committee Member)
Duncan Brown (Ordinary Committee Member)
Mags Felter (Ordinary Committee Member)
Marie-Claire Rackham Mann (Ordinary Committee Member)
Alex Beeby (Ordinary Committee Member)
Stephen Brunning (Newsletter Editor)

Committee Biographies

Phil Mills is a freelance ceramic building material and Roman pottery specialist.
He Graduated from Bradford in 1990 and was awarded his PhD in 2006 from the University of Leicester. He is married with one son and is based in Leicester. His main research interest are the use of ceramics in the past, studying the Roman economy via ceramics material and integrating finds data from excavation and field survey as a means to answering archaeological questions.

Kayt Marter Brown BA (Hons) MSc MCIfA
Following an archaeology degree at Winchester I focused my interests on archaeological finds with an MSc at University Sheffield. Since graduating I have worked for 20 years in commercial archaeology in the south of England, primarily as a Romano-British pottery specialist but also working on painted wall plaster and ceramic building materials. In the mid 1990’s I joined CIfA as a student and have been actively involved ever since, holding committee posts with the Finds Group, being a previous Hon Vice chair (personal and membership) of CIfA and more recently elected to advisory council. I am currently the Finds and Archives officer for Surrey County Archaeology Unit.

Duncan H. Brown, BA, FSA, MCIfA
Head of Archaeological Archives, Historic England

Duncan Brown joined Historic England (or English Heritage as it was then) as Head of Archaeological Archives in 2010. Since then he has served as the founding Chair of the CifA Special Interest Group for Archaeological Archives and vice-Chair of the Society for Museum Archaeology. He represents HE on the Archaeological Archives Forum and the European Archaeological Consilium Working Group for Archaeological Archives. Duncan has also held the positions of President of the Medieval Pottery Research Group and Chair of the CIfA Finds Group.

Before joining HE, Duncan worked for Southampton City Museums, initially as a medieval pottery researcher, then Curator of Archaeology. In 2002 he published ‘Pottery in Medieval Southampton’ and has also produced many articles and papers on medieval pottery, museum archaeology and archaeological archives. He continues to study post-Roman ceramics and is a co-author of the recently published ‘A Standard for Pottery Studies in Archaeology’.

Margrethe Felter, Senior Conservator, York Archaeological Trust
Mags has worked in the conservation department at YAT since 2005 after completing an MA in Principles of Conservation and MSc in Conservation for archaeology and Museums at the Institute of Archaeology, University College, London.
Mags works on all archaeological materials both freshly excavated and those in museums but has a keen interest in bone and antler objects as well as metals and on-site conservation and lifting of fragile materials. She has attended excavations/heritage sites in Orkney, Turkey, Jordan, Azerbeijan and Turkmenistan, as well as sites closer to home. She recently spent a month in Copenhagen, on a continuing professional development placement at the National Museum conservation department.
Mags is also an Accredited member of ICON (the Institute of Conservation).

Marie-Claire Rackham Mann
I am 42 years old and mother to a daughter aged 13. I am currently studying for my Masters in Archaeological Practice and I am also the Director of an Archaeological Company, Aegis Archaeology Ltd. I was born in Cornwall in 1975, but spent much of my formative years in Greece, surrounded by archaeology which no doubt first inspired me to become an archaeologist. However, I first followed our family tradition and joined the Military in 1996. I spent four years in the Military and undertook a tour of Bosnia. I met my husband to be and following our engagement I left the Military and joined the Ministry of Defence in 2001, where I undertook various roles over the following eleven years culminating in the running of a very busy key department at a Headquarters in Folkestone in 2007.

In 2008 the Headquarters where I was based had been identified as one of those that would be closed down as a part of a series of military budget cuts. I decided that this was a perfect time to return to my studies and to my first love of Archaeology. I took a BA Joint Honours in Classics and Archaeological Studies in 2012 at the University of Kent where I obtained a 2:2.

Shortly after graduating in 2014, I was employed by SWAT Archaeology under the auspices of Professor Wilkinson, whose site I first excavated as a part of the practical aspect to my Degree. I was employed as a freelance Archaeologist in 2014 and undertook some more in–house training to ensure that I was capable and able to excavate without much need for supervision. One of my excavations became subject to a News Report in 2015. Soon afterwards I realised the potential and merits of starting my own company and did so in 2014.

In 2015 I was employed by Canterbury Archaeological Trust as a Field Archaeologist where I did another short piece along with the excavation supervisor, Keith Parfitt to camera for SE News. In 2016, whilst between contracts I decided to apply to study for my Masters Degree at the University of Highlands and Islands. I did so and was accepted to study for an MSc in Archaeological Practice, where I am currently.

Dr Ruth Pelling is Senior Archaeobotanist within Historic England’s Excavation and Analysis Team and an Honorary Research fellow at the University of Nottingham, with a background in UK commercial archaeobotany.
Ruth maintains a research interest in British archaeobotany, including changing cultural expression through food and farming, particularly in the Bronze Age and Saxon periods, and is interested in the value of linking archaeobotany with other finds specialisms. She is most strongly committed to promoting better standards in environmental finds recording and reporting, and on-going career development and mentoring, especially in the commercial sector: she administers the Archaeobotanical Working Group (AWG), is the UK contact for the ArboDat 2016 English Version© recording database, and maintains close links with the Association for Environmental Archaeology (AEA) having served on the committee for several years.

Links:
AWG: https://historicengland.org.uk/research/current/heritage-science/archaeo...
AEA: http://envarch.net/

Alex Beeby, Ceramic Specialist, Archaeological Project Services
Alex studied Archaeology at undergraduate level before going on to read for an MA in Roman archaeology at the University of Leicester, graduating in 2005. After four years working as a field archaeologist, Alex joined Archaeological Project Services (part of the Heritage Trust of Lincolnshire) to train as a ceramic specialist, a post funded by a CIfA workplace learning bursary.
As well as overseeing the post-excavation program at Archaeological Project Services, Alex works on Roman and post-Roman pottery and ceramic building material from across the country but with a particular focus on finds from the Midlands and Eastern England. Alex is especially interested in the pottery of the Late Roman period and the potential ceramics have to help understand the changes of that time. Alex also has a strong interest in outreach work and teaches archaeology adult education courses for the Trust.

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.

Forthcoming events

Interpreting Finds: innovative and multi-disciplinary approaches in post excavation

  • This is a one-day event where invited speakers will present recent and innovative
    approaches to the study of artefacts and ecofacts, highlighting their potential for contributing
    to an archaeological project.

  • By exploring themes around multi-disciplinary approaches to interpreting finds assemblages
    we hope to encourage dialogue between different branches of our profession. Discussions at
    recent conferences have highlighted the growing gap between field staff and finds specialists
    which we would like to close.

  • The session will also promote the advocacy role of the Finds Group in promoting best practice
    across all finds specialisms and within the wider professional community. The event will
    incorporate the Finds Group AGM.

  • Interpreting Finds - event details

  • Revised programme

More coming soon!

ICON Archaeology Group Seminar - Archaeology on Display

  • This year the Archaeology Group AGM will be combined with a seminar discussing 'Archaeology on Display' and a visit to the 'Tunnel: The Archaeology of Crossrail' exhibition, which displays the range of archaeological objects unearthed by Crossrail, Europe's largest infrastructure project.

*For more information on the event please click here

Previous events

  • Finds Group AGM - The AGM was held at the CIfA conference on Friday 22 April at 12.30pm.

  • Dealing with Organic Finds CPD Workshop - This CPD workshop organised by the CIfA Finds Special Interest Group and the Association for Environmental Archaeology (AEA) was held on Wednesday 28 May 2014 at the University of Leicester. The programme and further information can be found here

AGM Minutes

December 2013
July 2012

Committee Minutes

14 February 2014
22 May 2013
11 February 2013
12 September 2012
18 January 2012
21 September 2011
19 January 2011

Newsletters

Spring 2016
Autumn 2013
Spring 2013
Autumn 2012
Spring 2012
Autumn 2011
Spring 2011

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