Current Archaeology Live! 2021


PLEASE NOTE: CA Live! 2021 has been postponed by a week, and will now take place on 5-7 March

5-7 March 2021
Free, online

It is almost time for Current Archaeology Live! 2021, which will run from 5-7 March. While this year’s event will be entirely online, and things will look a bit different to what you are used to, we still have an excellent line-up of leading archaeological experts from across the UK to share their latest thinking on all aspects of the past. The speakers confirmed so far are listed below, and we will be adding more to this line up in the coming days.

In order to make the event as accessible as possible, all the talks will be pre-recorded and then uploaded to the Current Archaeology YouTube channel for you to enjoy at your leisure during the conference weekend. To join in, simply visit this webpage where you will find the links to the talks once they go live, or go directly to YouTube at on the weekend of 5-7 March. The videos will be available for free all weekend, so you can watch them in whatever order you prefer, at your convenience, with no concerns about sticking to a prescribed timetable (though, unfortunately, you will need to provide your own tea and biscuits for breaks this year!).

While we won’t be able to facilitate the usual live Q&A at the end of each talk, we will be putting a form here on this page over the conference weekend for submitting questions to our speakers. We will pass them on to the archaeologists and answers will be posted on our website after the conference.

List of Speakers

Professor David Breeze
Was Hadrian’s Wall an expensive folly?

Professor Joanna Brück, University College Dublin
Keeping the dead close: Bronze Age relics in context

Nick Card, University of the Highlands and Islands
Ness of Brodgar: as it stands

Jo Caruth, Cotswold Archaeology
The Clare Castle Country Park community excavation

Nathalie Cohen, National Trust
The archaeology of home

Dr Chantal Conneller, Newcastle University
The people at the edge of the world: Ice Age art in Jersey

Anna Forrest, National Trust
Between the cracks: underfloor archaeology at Oxburgh Hall

Dr Melanie Giles, University of Manchester
Bog bodies: the story of Worsley Man

Susan Greaney, English Heritage/Cardiff University
Rise of the mega-henges? A new chronology for Mount Pleasant Henge, Dorset

Professor Ian Haynes and Tony Wilmott, Newcastle University/Historic England
Maryport: investigating a cult centre on Rome’s north-west frontier

Dr Janice Kinory, University of Oxford
Old images, new perspectives: the HEIR Project

Paddy Lambert, Oxford Archaeology East
The Priors Hall temple-mausoleum

Professor Martin Millett, University of Cambridge
Roman Aldborough

Dr Coralie Mills, Dendrochronicle
Dendrochronology in Scotland’s archaeology, buildings, and landscapes

Richard Osgood, MOD/Operation Nightingale
A little house on the prairie: searching for Late Bronze Age settlements on Salisbury Plain

Dr Martin Papworth, National Trust
New dating evidence at Chedworth Roman Villa

Dr Matthew Symonds, Current World Archaeology
Hadrian’s Wall: creating division

Dr Miles Russell, Bournemouth University
In the footsteps of Vespasian: defining the fortress of the II Augusta at Wimborne Minster, Dorset

Jason Sandy & Nick Stevens, Society of Thames Mudlarks
Thames mudlarking

Kate Sumnall, Museum of London
Behind the scenes of the Havering Hoard

Dr Hugh Willmott, University of Sheffield
Dealing with the dead: excavations at the Hospital of St James,
Thornton Abbey

Current Archaeology Awards

The 2021 Current Archaeology Awards are very much continuing as planned (although we will be announcing the results virtually). Voting has now closed, but you can find out more about all the nominees by clicking here. The winners will be announced on 5 March 2021.