Joining BABAO can help to support you in developing your professional skills.
Our members provide a support network and can seek advice about aspects of their work via BABAO members’ mailing list, whether this is regarding on-site strategies, comparative examples of pathology or burial types or advice on pathological diagnosis.
We also help to support knowledge of current legislation, standards of recording and the latest scientific techniques that can be applied to human skeletal remains from archaeological sites by providing the relevant regulatory literature and references online.
We aim to provide a platform for interactive forums and workshops for professionals working in the commercial sector or for those who want to find out more about commercial osteoarchaeology. This may include the introduction of new recording methodologies or strategies for reburial and retention, supplementary talks to learn about new site discoveries and courses in more specialist areas of analysis. We are also currently developing a series of short guides to specialist scientific applications that will shortly be available to members to allow assessment of potential further analyses. We particularly welcome applications to the Sponsored Activities grant funding stream by commercial sector members to access financial support for holding seminars and professional development sessions.
BABAO works closely with the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) to provide professional accreditation of its professional members and strongly encourages its members to apply for accreditation in recognition of their professional status.