The Role of the Marine Archaeology Special Interest Group

The Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) is a professional organisation for advancing best practice in archaeology and allied disciplines. The Maritime Affairs Group promotes professional standards and ethics related to maritime archaeology. MASIG advises the CIfA council on matters related to maritime cultural heritage.

MASIG aims to:
  • Promote the advancement of maritime archaeological practice and individual professional development.
  • Promote greater understanding maritime 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 maritime archaeology
Membership of the group is open to anyone involved with maritime archaeology for further details visit the CIfA website.

Committee Leadership

Acting Chair: Katy Bell, University of Winchester

katy bell

Katy Bell is a PhD candidate at the University of Winchester studying the Mesolithic to Neolithic transition on the Isle Wight and funded partially through the University of Winchester. She completed the MA in Maritime Archaeology at the University of Southampton in 2010. Having joined MAG as an ordinary committee member in 2013 she became acting chair in 2014. For the past four years she has been an NAS tutor traveling the country to deliver courses to adult learners, in addition she works as a freelance archaeologist with clients ranging from the University of Bournemouth Shipwrex Project where she is employed as a research assistant to Elmet Archaeology working on Mesolithic sites in Devon and Yorkshire and helping to train undergraduates in archaeological techniques. 

Secretary: Mark Dunkley, English Heritage


Mark is a maritime archaeologist and professional diver with developed expertise in the protection of maritime heritage assets through the articulation of heritage values and significance. Mark works in the Programmes and Maritime Designation Team at English Heritage where he manages a small team that delivers management & licensing of England's protected marine assets and the provision of advice in relation to both resource and risk management of maritime sites & monuments. Mark provides broader advice relating to the marine historic environment to ensure that cultural heritage assets are managed according to their significance, particularly through marine licensing schemes and formal designation. He also champions and leads the integration of maritime and coastal heritage in the process of Better Heritage Protection through the development of appropriate policy and guidance. Before joining English Heritage in 2004, Mark worked as a coastal and marine archaeologist at Wessex Archaeology and as an archaeologist at the Museum of London. 
Mark is a Member of the Institute for Archaeologists and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

Treasurer: Ed Salter, Marine Space

Ed is a Marine Archaeologist with extensive experience of working in both the public and private sector. Ed currently works as Principle Archaeologist for MarineSpace Ltd, where he works on a wide variety of development projects and strategic research. In his previous role at English Heritage, Ed worked as a Heritage Manager advising government and marine stakeholders on the marine historic environment.

Ed's current research interests include marine geophysical survey methods and techniques, submerged prehistoric landscapes, marine heritage management and defence heritage.

IfA Liason: Tim Howard

Tim Howard

Tim Howard LLB, Dip Prof Arch, is IfA’s policy advisor, responsible for advising on the development of IfA policy and assisting the Chief Executive in carrying out the Institute’s advocacy function, within and beyond the historic environment sector. He started work in 2005 following a placement with IfA as a student. Prior to that he practised as a lawyer for over 20 years.

Committee Members

Peter B. Campbell, University of Southampton

Peter Campbell

Peter is a PhD candidate at University of Southampton, as well as the archaeological director for the Albanian Center for Marine Research and underwater archaeologist for the Cave Archaeology Investigation & Research Network (CAIRN). He has published on shipwrecks, the illicit antiquities trade, and is editor of the upcoming book The Archaeology of Underwater Caves.

Victoria Cooper, Royal HaskoningDHV

Cooper, Victoria (300x300)

Victoria is a Senior Marine Heritage Consultant at Royal HaskoningDHV. She provides marine heritage services to commercial clients across a variety of development sectors, particularly in the provision of Environmental Impact Assessment, planning advice and consent support. She is responsible for the co-ordination and implementation of marine heritage mitigation to prevent significant impacts to our coastal and marine heritage and has been a key author on industry guidance documents. Previously a member of the Coastal & Marine section at Wessex Archaeology, Victoria has also been involved with community engagement projects, including the development of a dive trail for the Iona II protected wreck site off the cost of Lundy.

Toby Gane, Wessex Archaeology


Toby is a Senior Project Manager in the Coastal & Marine section at Wessex Archaeology. He manages a wide variety of marine projects and provides consultancy for commercial clients operating in ports and harbours, offshore renewables and marine aggregate extraction and manages projects from EIA through to fieldwork and publication. He also manages the Services in Relation to Designated Wrecks at Risk (diving) contract that WA undertakes on behalf of English Heritage. He has produced archaeological guidance documents for the offshore renewables sector and is currently working on archaeological guidance for the ports and harbours industry. Toby has been a full Member of the IfA since 2009.

Nikki Goodwyn, ABP Marine

Nicola Goodwyn

I’m currently a Marine Heritage & GIS consultant at ABPmer, Southampton. My role as marine heritage specialist entails feeding into EIA assessments as well as developing and project managing strategic & technical studies.

I have an MA in Maritime Archaeology and my previous roles include working for Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology (HWTMA) and as a report writer at a Quaternary Research Anthropology Lab in Texas, USA. I have an enthusiasm for all things archaeological but in particular marine GIS interpretation and survey related bits and am committed to contributing to the protection of coastal and marine heritage assets however possible.

Bob MacKintosh, University of Southampton

Bob MacKintosh CIfA maritime affairs archaeologist

Bob is a PhD candidate at the University of Southampton studying the implementation of UNESCO’s 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage.

He is an assistant tutor with the NAS, and has also been employed as a researcher on a number of projects in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

He also regularly volunteers on underwater archaeology fieldwork through the University of Southampton and with Wessex Archaeology Scotland.

John McCarthy, Wessex Archaeology


Project Manager and marine archaeologist with WA Coastal & Marine/Wessex Archaeology, based in Edinburgh. My responsibilities include project management, business development and cultural heritage consultancy for major offshore renewables planning applications. I also undertake scientific diving and marine heritage outreach projects.

Terence Newman, Pre-Construct Archaeology Limited


A Maritime Archaeologist, Historian and former career Detective in the Metropolitan Police Service. Completed MA in 2011 and gained valuable experience as Assistant Designation Advisor, Historic England (formally English Heritage), in the administration of the licensing system allowing public access to our protected wreck sites in England, assessing Heritage at risk, engaging with partner agencies such as the Receiver of Wreck, Maritime and Coastguard Agency and government departments other concerning protection and conservation of our Maritime Cultural Heritage. I am currently employed as a Field Archaeologist, in Commercial Archaeology, investigating a variety of terrestrial sites across London and the South-East of England. I am an Assistant Tutor and Regional Representative for the Nautical Archaeology Society and licensee of the Brighton Marina protected wreck.