The Department of Archaeology at the University of Winchester is one of the first university departments in the country to become a Registered Archaeological Organisation (RAO) with the Institute for Archaeologists (IfA), the body responsible for promoting professional standards in Archaeology.
“This is a significant achievement,” said Dr Phil Marter from the University’s Department of Archaeology. “It recognises the excellence of our practical teaching and our commitment to a high standard of archaeological training and practice.”
In order to obtain registered status, the Department submitted its application for scrutiny by a panel of IfA assessors, who interviewed staff and students, examined course documentation, research outputs and consultancy client reports. The panel were particularly impressed with how well the staff brought their knowledge and expertise developed through professional archaeology and consultancy work into the classroom for the benefit of the students.
“This new IfA status will serve as a marker for others in Archaeology to judge us by,” said Dr Marter. “In the industry, this register of organisations is seen as a rigorous quality assurance scheme for archaeologists.”
The University is currently involved in a number of exciting archaeological investigations including an international project at a UNESCO World Heritage site in Lalibela, Ethiopia; the former leper hospital of St Mary Magdalen in Winchester; The La Balagne Landscape Survey in Corsica and the Anglo-Georgian Expedition to Nokalakevi in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia.
Source: The University of Winchester