Society for Church Archaeology

About us

Churches, chapels and burial grounds are familiar landmarks to us all. They make up the greater part of our rich ecclesiastical heritage. Rural churches, ruined monasteries, cathedrals and suburban places of worship - all are witness to our complex religious and social past. The archaeological study and conservation of ecclesiastical buildings and their contents - including monuments, stained glass, bells and furnishings - as well as burial grounds, earthworks and landscapes, provide a unique insight into our past. This precious and often fragile legacy is increasingly under threat. The Society for Church Archaeology was formed in 1996 to provide a focus for all who are interested in promoting the care, conservation and study of the ecclesiastical buildings and landscapes of Britain and Ireland.


The Society for Church Archaeology aims to promote the study of churches and other places of worship, along with their associated monuments and landscapes, and publicises the results of the latest research and discoveries in its journal and newsletter. The society also works to ensure recoginition of archaeological aspects of church conservation, contributes to the preservation and management of sites and buildings, and complements the work of existing organisations by acting as a specific and all-inclusive focus for church archaeology.

What's New?

We are extremely excited to announce that all 19 issues of Church Archaeology (1997-2019), as well as all 27 issues of the Bulletins of the CBA Churches Committee (1975-1990), are now available online and fully open access, hosted by the Archaeology Data Service. Thanks to the generous support of the Marc Fitch Fund for making this project possible!

Thanks to all who attended our 2020 AGM and fantastically successful public lecture by Prof Carenza Lewis!

Applications to our annual research grant of up to £1000 are due Nov 15th, 2020. Please apply--applications for COVID-friendly research are welcome!

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