Current Archaeology Live! 2024

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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

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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:

Nick Card

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)

Find out more about the winners, and all of the nominees in each category:
Archaeologist of the Year 2024
Research Project of the Year 2024
Rescue Project of the Year 2024
Book of the Year 2024