Current Archaeology Live!

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Save the Date

Current Archaeology Live! 2016 will be held on 26-27 February 2016, at Senate House, London.

We will be releasing more information about the 2016 conference in due course, and tickets will go on sale in the coming months. In the meantime, you can find  details of the last CA Live!  conference below, which should give you a flavour of what to expect!


Current Archaeology Live!   2015


Current Archaeology Live! 2015 returned to the University of London’s Senate House on 27-28 February, where 400 enthusiastic delegates joined us to hear from the foremost archaeological experts on the latest finds and ground-breaking research – it was an entertaining, stimulating, and very enjoyable two days!

Archaeology Awards

The winners of the  prestigious Current Archaeology Awards, as announced on 27 February as part of CA Live! 2015, are as follows:

Archaeologist of the Year:
Michael Fulford (University of Reading)

Research Project of the Year:
Maryport’s Mystery Monuments (Ian Haynes and Tony Wilmott, Newcastle University)

Rescue Dig of the Year:
First Impressions: Discovering the Earliest Footprints in Europe (Happisburgh Project)

Book of the Year:
The History of Archaeology (by Paul Bahn)

The awards pay tribute to archaeology’s star  projects and publications that made the pages of CA  this year, and the people judged to have made outstanding contributions to archaeology.  They are voted for entirely by the public, and there are no panels of judges.  You can read more about all the nominees by clicking here.

Archaeology Fair

Once again,  Current Archaeology Live!  hosted a bustling marketplace of exhibitors for delegates to browse between sessions.  Click here to see the stalls present.

2015 Timetable:


Our previous conferences have been great successes – below are a few of your comments. We look forward to seeing you all again at this coming one!

[quote]I flew all the way from Dubai for the conference and thoroughly enjoyed every presentation. It was an excellent weekend in a superb building with great biscuits.[/quote]
[quote]I’ve been to every conference: I always expect to enjoy it, and I always do.[/quote]
[quote]The event exceeded our expectation. We have an amateur interest in archaeology, mainly through television, and did have a concern that the event might be overly academic. This was not borne out, and we thought that all the speakers delivered interesting sets with Time Team presentation skills – and I mean that in a good way![/quote]
[quote]The organisers are to be congratulated for putting on a stimulating and wide-ranging programme.[/quote]

View of the Beveridge Hall at Senate House during one of the sessions at CA Live!.

[quote]It entirely lived up to my expectations. The venue was excellent; a magnificent art deco building. The awards ceremony and drinks reception (with nice pastries, rather than just crisps) – and the rock group – was an enjoyable way to close the first day.[/quote]
[quote]It was my first attendance and I was highly impressed. The organisation was very smooth and professional, the content of excellent quality and superbly presented, the venue accessible and comfortable.[/quote]
[quote]Excellent speakers and presentations. Also met up with old friends and made new ones – a friendly atmosphere.[/quote]

Richard Buckley of University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) gives a talk on how his team discovered Richard III, and the archaeology behind it, during the CA Live! conference in 2013.

[quote]Event was excellent value for money![/quote]
[quote]It was very interesting to hear current updated views from the contributors, all people qualified in their own disciplines. The event was well organised and gives one the opportunity to attend a centre where like-minded people can congregate and listen to current debate on topics.[/quote]
[quote]Exceeded expectations. I was expecting a lot and got more – it’s good to have access to good speakers and key personnel in the projects.[/quote]

Julian Richards (Meet the Ancestors) presents Phil Harding (Time Team) with the Archaeologist of the Year award, as part of the CA Archaeology Awards held during the evening reception on the Friday night each year.

[quote]Well-organised, well-run, and a superb range of speakers.[/quote]
[quote]I have been to every conference since they began, and the range and variety of topics has been superb I can offer no improvements.[/quote]

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