Marine Archaeology Special Interest Group

Marine archaeology special interest group


The group provides a forum for practicing marine archaeologists and advises CIfA Advisory Council on issues relevant to underwater sites, intertidal and nautical archaeology.
MASIG aims to

  • promote the advancement of marine archaeological practice and individual professional development
  • promote greater understanding of marine archaeology within the wider archaeological community through the publication of technical papers and guidance documents
  • organise seminars and conferences to act as a forum for the development and maintenance of good practice in matters relating to marine 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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Mark James (Chair)
Stephanie Said (Secretary)
Alison James (Treasurer)
Christian Dalton
Claudette Day
Hefin Meara
Terry Newman
George Stewart-Phillips
Laura Tidbury

Victoria Boothby (Advisor)

Forthcoming events

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

Three-year plan

Three-year plan 2022-2025

AGM Minutes

AGM 2023 (held on 29 February 2024)
October 2022
September 2021

Committee Minutes

May 2024
June 2023
March 2023
June 2022
February 2022


Offshore Development: Creating a Legacy for Marine Archaeology by Vic Cooper for MASIG, November 2019
A short document with notes of MASIG's session at the 2019 CIfA conference, detailing the outcomes of the session and each of the papers. Read the Offshore Development note, here (PDF).

Bridging the Gap in Maritime Archaeology: Working with Professional and Public Communities
Edited by Katy Bell this marks the publication of a conference session held at CIfA 2014 organised by the Marine Archaeology Special Interest Group. The session focused on ways in which it is possible, given the obvious constraints of working in the marine environment, to engage with a wider audience in the course of maritime archaeological work. The volume presents a series of case studies exhibiting best practice with regard to individual maritime projects and examples of outreach to local communities, including the creation of accessibility to remote and hard-to-reach archaeological sites. You can download it for free or buy a hard copy here

Slipping Through the Net': Marine Archaeological Archives in Policy and Practice
Maritime archaeological archives currently face a bleak future. There are few, if any, public repositories with the remit or capacity to collect from the marine zone, a lack of clarity over roles and responsibilities and a tendency for those collections which are not split or sold to remain uncurated and inaccessible. Marine Archaeology Group (then Maritime Affairs Group) have produced 'Slipping Through the Net: Marine Archaeological Archives in Policy and Practice' (Ransley & Satchell) which examines the current state of maritime archives and highlights principle issues which must be addressed to ensure a more positive future. 'Slipping Through the Net' was put out to consultation. This version of the document includes revisions following consultation. Download 'Slipping Through the Net'. Additionally responses have been used to help formulate a future strategy document 'Tightening the Net', which will be available here in the near future..