Later this month we will head to our new venue at University College London’s Institute of Education for Current Archaeology Live! 2023, in partnership with UCL’s Institute of Archaeology. We’re getting ready to hear leading experts discussing archaeology from across the UK and abroad, and we hope you can join us on 25 February (Saturday) for another stimulating and enjoyable conference. Tickets are selling fast, so book now.


Our keynote speaker will be Shahina Farid, the former Field Director and Project Coordinator at the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in Turkey and current scientific dating coordinator for Historic England. We will also have the opportunity to learn more about research recently featured in CA, including the Harpole Treasure (CA 395), the Roman villa at Dings Crusaders, near Bristol (CA 394), the newly discovered turret along Hadrian’s Wall (CA 392), and the latest on underwater archaeology around the UK (CA 389 and 391), as well as a host of other projects at home and further afield.

At the end of the conference, we will announce the results of the prestigious Current Archaeology Awards for 2023 (sponsored by Andante Travels, Oxbow Books, Wessex Insurance Brokers Ltd, and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford), as well as the winners of our sister-magazine Current World Archaeology’s Photograph of the Year (sponsored by Ace Cultural Tours).

Read all about it: @CurrentArchaeo

For those of you who use Twitter, we will be live-tweeting the whole conference, offering everything from snippets of the talks to the CA Awards results. Look out for the hashtag #CALive23, and feel free to reply to any of the comments, ask questions, or add some thoughts of your own.


We are offering a discounted rate of £45 for subscribers, and £50 for non-subscribers.

To book, visit or call 020 8819 5580.

This year’s conference will be at University College London’s Institute of Education, located just off Russell Square. The nearest tube stations are Russell Square on the Piccadilly line, and Goodge Street on the Northern line. Tottenham Court Road underground station is fairly nearby. The main entrance is at 20 Bedford Way, but there is a small chance that, due to ongoing building work, we may have to use another entrance on Thornhaugh Street. If this is the case you will be directed accordingly; both entrances are marked with stars.

This year’s conference location: UCL’s Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AL

There are many food options around Russell Square, including on Bernard Street and in the nearby Brunswick Centre. If you want to explore further during lunch break, the British Museum is just across Russell Square, while the British Library is a 12-minute walk away on Euston Road.

Conference timetable

Saturday 25 February

Session 1 (9.30-11am)

Dr Campbell Price, Manchester Museum – Egypt’s golden mummies
Dr Corisande Fenwick, UCL – Recent fieldwork in Morocco
Dr Rebecca Roberts and Saltanat Amir, University of Cambridge – Gold of the Iron Age steppe

Session 2 (11.30am-1pm)

Dr Daniel Pascoe, Bournemouth University – New approaches to shipwreck archaeology: making the invisible visible
Dr Stuart Brookes, UCL – Searching for local assembly places in the English landscape
Dr Sam Leggett, University of Edinburgh – ‘Where are you from, though?’: interrogating identity with isotopes in early medieval England

Session 3 (2-3.30pm)

Dr Clare Randall, Cotsworld Archaeology – A modest mansion: the development of the Roman villa at Dings Crusaders, Bristol
Scott Vance, Pre-Construct Archaeology – Hadrian’s Wall in urban Tyneside: excavating the newly discovered Turret 3a
Paul Thompson and Lyn Blackmore, MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) – The Harpole Treasure

Keynote speaker (4-5pm)
Shahina Farid
, former Field Director and Project Coordinator at the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in Turkey and current scientific dating coordinator for Historic England

CA Awards results will be announced at 5pm.

all the fun of the (archaeo)fair

Since we are finally back in person, an enduringly popular feature of Current Archaeology Live! will be back as well: our Archaeology Fair. It provides a wide range of stalls hosting travel companies, booksellers, institutions, and other archaeological organisations for you to browse in the breaks between sessions.

This time we welcome our partner for the event, UCL Institute of Archaeology, as well as the Ashmolean Museum and leading archaeological publishers and booksellers, including Archaeopress, Archaeology Plus, and BAR Publishing. For those interested in archaeological travel, you can find out more about expert-led tours and heritage-themed holidays from the likes of Andante Travels, the Cultural Experience, and Hidden History Travel, while specialist archaeological services are offered by Wessex Insurance Brokers Ltd, who provide tailored products designed for archaeologists.