A one-day conference bringing you all the latest archaeological discoveries and research from Britain and beyond
24 February 2024
UCL Institute of Education, London
Current Archaeology Live! 2024 took place on 24 February at University College London’s Institute of Education, where 500 people joined us to hear the latest news on important discoveries and leading research projects from these shores as well as further afield.
The conference was held in partnership with the UCL Institute of Archaeology.
As ever, we had an exciting line-up of expert speakers covering the archaeological spectrum from prehistory to the present day. Scroll down to see the timetable.
Saturday 24 February
Session 1 (9.30-11am)
Dr Matt Pope (UCL Institute of Archaeology)
– Solving The Mystery of The Last ‘Neanderthals’ of La Cotte de St Brelade
Ali Cameron and Alice Jaspars (Cameron Archaeology/University of Southampton)
– The Missing Monastery: archaeological work at Deer 2017-2022
Nathalie Cohen (National Trust)
– Smallhythe Explored: Roman and medieval riverside discoveries along the Kent/Sussex border
Session 2 (11.30am-1pm)
Ashley Tuck (Wessex Archaeology)
– Between the Salt Water and the Sea Strand: excavation of the Hornsea Project One Cable Route in the marshes of northern Lincolnshire
Professor Kevin MacDonald (UCL Institute of Archaeology)
– Tumuli through Time in Mali and Senegal
Natasha Billson (Behind the Trowel)
– From the Trench to the Screen
Session 3 (2-3.30pm)
Professor Julian Thomas (University of Manchester)
– Arthur’s Stone: a Neolithic Chambered Tomb in Herefordshire
Maiya Pina-Dacier (DigVentures)
– Deep Time: Collective Intelligence and the search for our shared past, present, and future
Rachel Frame (Vindolanda Trust)
– Breaking New Ground: excavations at milecastle 46
Keynote speaker (4-5pm)
Dr John Gater (Time Team/SUMO GeoSurveys)
– Behind the Scenes of Time Team: 30 years in the media limelight (‘a talk embracing archaeology, science, education, family entertainment, and the benefits of responsible drinking’)
CA Awards results announced (5-5.15pm)
Current Archaeology Awards
The Current Archaeology Awards celebrate the projects and publications that made the pages of the magazine over the past 12 months, and the people judged to have made outstanding contributions to archaeology.
These awards are voted for entirely by the public – there are no panels of judges – so we encouraged you to get involved and choose the projects, publications, and people you wanted to win!
The winners were announced on 24 February as part of Current Archaeology Live! 2024.
The winners are:
Archaeologist of the Year 2024:
Research Project of the Year 2024:
The Ness of Brodgar: marking 20 years of Neolithic discoveries
Ness of Brodgar Trust
Rescue Project of the Year 2024:
The Knowe of Swandro: excavating eroding archaeology in Orkney
Swandro-Orkney Coastal Archaeology Trust / University of Bradford
Book of the Year 2024:
Doggerland: lost world under the North Sea
By Luc Amkreutz and Sasja van der Vaart-Verschoof (eds)