Current Archaeology Live! 2016

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Current Archaeology Live! 2016 returned to Senate House, London, on 26-27 February, for another entertaining, stimulating, and enjoyable two days! We heard from the foremost archaeological experts on the latest finds and ground-breaking research – you can see the full line up of incredible speakers in the timetable below.

Archaeology Awards

The winners of the prestigious Current Archaeology Awards, as announced on 26 February as part of CA Live! 2016, are as follows:

Archaeologist of the Year:
Roberta Gilchrist
(University of Reading)

Research Project of the Year:
Recapturing Berkeley Castle: one trench, 1500 years of English history
(University of Bristol)

Rescue Dig of the Year:
The Drumclay crannog-dwellers: revealing 1,000 years of lakeside living
(Nora Bermingham and Caitríona Moore, excavations carried out on behalf of the Department of the Environment and Department for Regional Development in Northern Ireland)

Book of the Year:
The Archaeology Caves in Ireland
(by Marion Dowd)

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.

This year also sees the return of the Current World Archaeology Photo of the Year competition – our international sister-magazine has been asking for your images of archaeological sites and artefacts abroad. The competition has now closed, and the winner and three runners-up will be displayed at the conference, on www.world-archaeology.com, and printed in the April/May issue of CWA

2016 Timetable:

Save the Date!

Current Archaeology Live! 2017 will be held on 24-25 February 2017, at Senate House, London.

Why not watch the video of the previous CA Live! conference below, and get a flavour of what to expect?



Current Archaeology Live! 2015

Neil Faulkner, Contributing Editor of Current Archaeology and Editor of Military History Monthly, guides us through a snapshot of the Current Archaeology Live! 2015 conference, which was held in February at Senate House, London.

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]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]

[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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