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?

The 2021 conference will take place this year on Sept 17-18, on the theme 'Movement in the Ecclesiastical Landscape'. Due to continued uncertainty from COVID-19, it will be held online--programme and registration details to come soon!

We have an exciting slate of free online evening lectures for 2021. See our Events page for more information.

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!