This is a fantastic move for helping to recognise the value and importance of archaeologists across the land in the heritage and cultural sectors. The IFA represent the interests of archaeology and archaeologists to the government, policy makers and industry, as well as helping to set down guidelines and standards. Furthermore the IFA also provide training opportunities and promote the wealth and value of archaeology to the country as a whole.
As well as raising the profile of archaeology generally (and in turn the accredited members of the IFA), the chartership status will also bring archaeologists up to step with surveyors, planners, architects and engineers in recognising the value in and of the sector.
The fact that the IFA are now to be a chartered institute indicates that they work that they have done, and continue to do, has proven to be of real value to both the industry and to the general public. In this time of fairly deep cuts to the cultural and heritage sector, this is something to get behind and support if you support heritage and archaeology as a whole. Archaeology is a finite resource – it is not renewable, thus it needs our support now.