Forensic Archaeology Special Interest Group


The group was formed in April 2011, after discussions relating to the ethics and practicalities of working in forensic archaeology. The group promotes best practice in forensic archaeology work to ensure that appropriate standards and guidance for forensic archaeology are adopted, maintained and enforced.
In addition, the group advises CIfA Advisory Council on issues relating to forensic archaeology, disseminates information relating to forensic archaeology, and facilitates the exchange of information and ideas between practitioners and bodies both within the UK and internationally.

The group has developed the Standard and Guidance document for forensic archaeologists. The adoption of this Standard was approved by IfA Council in October 2011 and has since been endorsed by the Home Office Forensic Science Regulator.

FAEP: The expert panel

A unique feature of the Forensic Archaeology SIG, is the sub-group expert panel of forensic practitioners. FAEP comprises an expert panel of forensic practitioners. This sub-group has a closed membership, due to the nature of the work, and is only open to practising forensic archaeologists.

The aims of the expert panel are;

  • to implement mechanisms for accrediting and/or regulating the work of those acting or seeking to act as expert witnesses
  • to consider and discuss issues arising in the course of such work to liaise with Her Majesty’s Government, the Forensic Science Regulator and any other relevant bodes or individuals with regard to such issues

Membership of the Expert Panel is open to all practising forensic archaeologists who are members of CIfA at Member level (MCIfA) and who demonstrate competence against CIfA’s forensic archaeology competency matrix. You can find the application form and the competency matrix on the FAEP webpage.

Membership of the expert panel is recognised by the Home Office Forensic Science Regulator and a list of panel members is available from the FAEP webpage.

Join the Group

Membership of the Forensic Archaeology Special Interest (FASIG) Group is open to CIfA members free of charge. Non-members can join by PayPal


Membership of the Forensic Archaeology Expert Panel (FAEP) requires you to complete an application form. You can find guidance for applicants, the relevant competency matrix and the application form on the FAEP webpage.

The Committee

Rob Janaway (Chair)

Alexandria Young

Caroline Sturdy Colls (Treasurer)

Barrie Simpson

Caroline Sims

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

Forensic Archaeology AGM and Special Interest Group Event: Saturday 17 June 2017

Date: Saturday 17 June 2017 from 9:30 (full day event)
Venue: University of Central Lancashire, Preston

The event will focus on the current state of forensic taphonomy research. We have 6 speakers who will discuss their work in forensic taphonomy and how it applies to forensic archaeology case work. There is also a planned visit to the UCLAN's Forensic Taphonomy Experimental Facility and a panel discussion session on the future potential of forensic taphonomy research and how we can build a more collaborative network for taphonomic research. Further details can be found on this Flyer

Executive Committee elections

The current executive committee is as follows:

Named positions:

Rob Janaway (Chair) Elected: April 2012 (1st term) 2015 (2nd Term)
Andy Holland (Secretary) Elected: April 2014 (1st term as secretary but 2nd term on the Executive committee)
Caroline Sturdy-Colls (Treasurer) Elected: April 2014 (2nd term)

Ordinary Committee Members without portfolio:

Caroline Sims Elected April 2012 (1st term) 2015 (2nd Term)
Barry Simpson Elected April 2014 (1st term)

Additionally last year Alexandria Young was elected as the Special Interest Group representative to Advisory Council.


Forensic Archaeology Special Interest Group committee positions are held for three year terms and therefore elections to the executive committee will be held at the AGM for the following positions:

• Secretary
• Treasurer
• 4 vacant committee member without portfolio posts

Nominations are open to CIfA members who are also members of the Forensic Archaeology Special Interest Group.

Candidates wishing to stand for election should submit their completed Forensic Archaeology Committee nomination form of the Forensic Archaeology Special Interest Group by email (HollandArchaeology [at] or by email to or post via the CIfA office.

Voting will be by show of hands of those present at the AGM.


In addition to the election of a new committee, the AGM agenda also includes an update to the Special Interest Group’s constitution

More coming soon!

Previous events

*Representatives of the Servicio Médico Legal of the Government of the Republic of Chile held an event entitled Disappeared but not forgotten: the Chilean experience regarding the search, recovery and identification of victims of human rights violations that occurred during Pinochet's Dictatorship (1973-1990). This was held in Bradford on Wednesday 14 September.
flyer for further details

AGM Minutes

2015 AGM minutes

2013 AGM minutes

2012 AGM minutes

2011 AGM minutes

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