Community Archaeology Group


The Community Archaeology Group (CAG) was originally established in 2011 as Voluntary and Community Archaeology Special Interest Group. We consider community engagement to be an integral part of professional archaeological practice and should be embedded in project design and delivery. Community engagement is a critical aspect of delivering public benefit through archaeology. The role of community archaeologists (paid or unpaid) is fundamental in this process.

  1. To provide a recognised voice within CIfA for furthering the interests of community archaeologists and delivery of community engagement.

  2. To embed community engagement in archaeological practice and support its meaningful delivery to the highest standard.

  3. To advise the Board of Directors and its Advisory Council and committees on issues relating to community archaeology and engagement, both within the context of CIfA and within the discipline of archaeology.

  4. To provide guidance to ensure that community archaeologists (and the organisations to which they belong), have the competence to carry out their roles to the highest possible standards.

  5. To promote the adoption and implementation of CIfA Standards, guidance and policy by community archaeologists and the organisations to which they belong.

  6. To work with partner organisations and stakeholders across the sector to support and promote community archaeology.

Join the Group

Membership is free to CIfA members through the Members area login. Those who are not members of the institute will need to pay an annual £10 fee and can join here

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Jess Lowther (Chair)
Nina O'Hare (Secretary)
Frank Giecco (Treasurer)
Dickie Bennett
Sarah-Jane Farr
Perry Gardner
Emily Johnston
Richard McConnell
Mike Nevell
James Brown (Advisor)

Specialist competence matrix

Thank you to those who contributed to our consultation about the competency matrix.
This specialist matrix is to assist applicants and the Validation committee to see where you demonstrate the grade applied for when working in community archaeology.

Forthcoming events

For information about upcoming events, please visit our event calendar.


AGM minutes

AGM minutes 8 March 2023

Committee meeting minutes

Committee meeting 30 April 2024
Committee meeting 27 February 2024
Committee meeting 18 January 2024
Committee meeting 6 November 2023
Committee meeting 14 September 2023
Committee meeting 9 August 2023
Committee meeting 24 May 2023
Committee meeting 21 January 2022
Committee meeting 8 March 2022
Committee meeting 27 May 2022
Committee meeting 21 July 2022

Three-year plan

Coming soon.