Current Archaeology Live! 2021 Conference

It is almost time for Current Archaeology Live! 2021, which will run from 26 to 28 February. 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.

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 our website at (where you will also find more information about the results of the 2021 CA Awards), or go directly to YouTube at on the weekend of 26-28 February. The videos will be available 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, you will find a form on our website for submitting questions to our speakers. Simply visit and follow the link to the form. We will pass them on to the archaeologists and answers will be posted on our website after the conference.

From orkney to salisbury plain

Over the course of the conference, our speakers will be covering a lot of ground, taking us from Neolithic Orkney and the Roman frontier at Hadrian’s Wall to the prehistoric mega-henges of Dorset (see CA 371), from Roman Dorset to Salisbury Plain, and out to the Channel Islands – as well as a host of exciting sites in between. You will have the opportunity to learn more about some of the fascinating projects we have featured in CA over the past year, including talks from Professor Martin Millett from the University of Cambridge about surveying Roman Aldborough (CA 369), Anna Forrest from the National Trust about exploring the 500-year-old fragile finds from Oxburgh Hall (CA 367), Kate Sumnall from the Museum of London about examining the Bronze Age artefacts of the Havering Hoard (CA 368), and many more besides. We hope you will join us for another stimulating and enjoyable conference!

If you are reading this before 8 February, you still have time to vote in our Current Archaeology Awards for 2021 (sponsored by E&G Archaeology Insurance Services and Archaeology Plus Ltd). Visit to cast your vote for the people, projects, and publications you think are most deserving of recognition this year. We will announce the results of the awards online on Friday 26 February, as well as the winners of our sister-magazine’s competition: Current World Archaeology’s Photograph of the Year (sponsored by Hidden History Travel).

Awards sponsored by:


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 Community Project

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

Photo: National Trust Images.

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

Photo: Tom Ferraby.

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

Richard Osgood, MOD/Operation Nightingale
The Dunch Hill Bronze Age roundhouse

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

Photo: Archaeological Solutions Ltd.

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

Dr Rebecca Wragg Sykes, University of Liverpool/Université de Bordeaux
Neanderthals in the outermost west