Pulling together policies for archaeology in the 21st-century

Posted on October 9, 2019


While archaeology does look at the past, it also have an interest in the future. A few video presentations from the CIfA conference on where archaeology could go:

Session Abstract

21st-century Challenges for Archaeology, a series of six online discussions and workshops in 2017, considered themes and issues that loom large in the practice of archaeology in a sector shaped by PPG 16 and its successor policies:

• Archaeological archives: new models for archive creation, deposition, storage, access and research
• Standards and guidance: what are they for and who sets them?
• Designation and management of the archaeological resource in the context of a changing planning system
• New models for advisory services: potential future roles for local authority archaeology services and Historic England
• Synthesis of information from developer-funded investigation to create new historical narratives
• Challenges for archaeological publication in a digital age – who are we writing this stuff for, anyway?

The conversations considered the current state of the profession and how we work together, across a sector often described as fragmented and fractious. Do the ways we work provide sufficient public benefit? Are we equipped to face the challenges of an increasingly digital, competitive and uncertain future? At the completion of the project this conference session will review the outcomes of the 21st-century challenges conversations and test, with the session audience, whether we identified the priority issues and how the proposed actions might be taken forward. The discussions will contribute to the final project report and help to shape the 2018 implementation plan.

Organisers: Jan Wills, Chartered Institute for Archaeologists
Steve Trow, Historic England

21st-century Challenges for Archaeology: issues discussed, and actions proposed

Jan Wills, Project Manager, Chartered Institute for Archaeologists


Introduction and background to the project

Steve Trow, Director of Research, Historic England


What do we need to do and when? Prioritisation and implementation

Barney Sloane, Head of Strategic Planning and Management, Historic England


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