Current Archaeology LIVE! 2022 – new speakers confirmed!


It is almost time for Current Archaeology Live! 2022, which will run from 25 to 27 February. We have an excellent line-up of leading archaeological experts ready to share their latest thinking on all aspects of the past, and, like last year, the event will be entirely online.

In order to make the event as accessible as possible, all the talks will be pre-recorded, and will be 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 www.archaeology.co.uk/live (where you will also find more information about the 2022 CA Awards) or go directly to YouTube at www.youtube.com/c/CurrentArchaeology during the conference weekend. The videos will be available on all three days, 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 during the breaks!).

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As the talks are pre-recorded, we won’t be able to facilitate the usual live Q&A with speakers, but you will find a form on our website for submitting any burning questions. Simply visit www.archaeology.co.uk/live and pop any questions you have into the box, and we will pass them on. Answers will be posted on our website after the conference, once we have collated responses.

Over the course of the conference our speakers will be covering a lot of ground, taking us from a Neolithic portal dolmen in Wales (see CA 380) and prehistoric roundhouses in the Outer Hebrides (CA 382) to the Roman frontier at the Antonine Wall and the medieval abbeys of Iona (CA 381) and Fountains (CA 382) – 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 Paul Murtagh from Archaeology Scotland on the archaeology of football and its social benefits (CA 382), Hella Eckardt (University of Reading) and Philippa Walton (Birkbeck, University of London) on the Roman finds from the River Tees at Piercebridge (CA 378), Tony Wilmott from Historic England on Roman Richborough (CA 382), and many more besides. We hope you will join us for another stimulating and enjoyable conference!

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Also, if you are reading this before 7 February, there is still time to vote in the 2022 Current Archaeology Awards (sponsored by Oxbow Books, Butser Plus, and Wessex Insurance Services). Visit www.archaeology.co.uk/vote to cast your vote for the people, projects, and publications you would like to see recognised this year. We will then announce the results of the awards online on Friday 25 February, as well as the winners of our sister Current World Archaeology’s Photograph of the Year competition (sponsored by Hidden History Travel).

SPEAKERS (with titles, where confirmed)

Cladh Hallan’s roundhouses

Professor Mike Parker Pearson

Photo: Mike Parker Pearson

Trellyffaint and uncovering dairy farming in Neolithic Wales

Dr George Nash

Iron Age coins in Britain: new advances through Linked Open Data

Dr Courtney Nimura

The Antonine Wall distance stones

Dr Louisa Campbell

Roman Richborough

Tony Wilmott

Bridge over troubled water: the Roman finds from the River Tees at Piercebridge in context

Professor Hella Eckardt and Dr Philippa Walton

Monasteries in the Viking Age: Iona after AD 800

Dr Adrián Maldonado

Photo: Magnus Hadorn, CC BY 2.0

Rediscovering Fountains Abbey through conservation technology

Mark Newman

Airfields and their potential for study

Dr Robert Clarke

Visualising Iron Age Shetland

Dr Li Sou

Prehistoric diets in the Southern Levant

Dr Shyama Vermeersch

Photo: Shyama Vermeersch

The archaeology of Japan

Professor Simon Kaner

Beginning Beyond Notability: excavating the archives for women in archaeology, history, and heritage in Britain 1870-1950

Dr Amara Thornton

Playing the past: the archaeology of football and its social benefits

Dr Paul Murtagh

Visualising Dunhuang

Dr Dora C Y Ching

Conserving Stonehenge: the most major works on the sarsen lintels since the 1950s

Dr Heather Sebire

Roman Libarna

Dr Katherine Huntley

The first pharaohs

Professor Aidan Dodson

Photo: © Aidan Dodson