First Aid for Finds

An essential handbook for the care of finds on site


The fourth edition of First Aid for Finds is now underway with publication expected in 2023.  It will follow a similar format to the last edition, updated and expanded, and with the same aim, a practical field manual for archaeologists, finds staff, conservators and volunteers. With step-by-step instructions, it will provide a benchmark for best practice in the care of archaeological finds from pre-excavation planning and preparation, on site and through to post-excavation and archive.

This new edition is co-authored by Nicola Emmerson, James Spriggs,  David Watkinson ACR and Sarah Watkins-Kenney ACR. The Icon Archaeology Group is managing the production of the volume and it will be published jointly, as for previous editions, by Icon and RESCUE, the British Archaeological Trust.

An update will be presented at the Icon Archaeology Group 2023 AGM.