IfA Archaeological Archives Group Call for Members


All archaeologists should be fully aware of, and engaged with, the archiving process, and that applies as much to those monitoring and curating archive material as those who produce it. AAG was formed in 2011 with the aim of promoting and raising awareness of the creation, compilation, deposition, long term care, research and access of archaeological archives created during archaeological investigations. The group acts as a network to share current professional guidance, advocate best practice and act as a portal for advice. We seek to act as a focus for advice to practitioners of all kinds, including curators with no specific expertise in archaeological archive management and even amateur groups looking for a central source of information.

To date, our meetings have addressed archive-related matters such as the creation and curation of digital data, and English Heritage’s ARCHES project (Archaeological Resources in Cultural Heritage: a European Standard). The group has also organised a series of very popular workshops across the country aimed at practitioners in all heritage sectors, to promote best practice in archaeological archives. The results of these, and our other areas of interest, were recently publicised in an issue of The Archaeologist devoted largely to archaeological archives.

The Group currently has over 450 members; if you would like to join the group or you are also interested in serving on the Group’s committee, please contact us on groups [at] archaeologists.net.

Archaeological Archives Group Objectives

  • to focus upon issues relating to professional standards, best practice, advocacy and access (SPO2)

  • to promote of awareness of archaeological archives within the profession (SPO3)

  • to represent the interest of those working with archives to IfA Council and in all IfA activities (SPO1)

  • to hold seminars and workshops to facilitate the above (SPO1; SPO2)

  • to establish relationships with other groups associated with archaeological archives (SPO2; SPO3)