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TAG 2021


Friday 17th- Saturday 18th December 2021


Life has never been more central to archaeology. From the extension of the concept from the organic to the inorganic suggested by the popularity of new materialism, via the continued prominence of evolutionary approaches, to the threat to all life posed by the climate crisis, life has never seemed a more apposite topic for debate at TAG. Plus this is TAG 42 and 42, as we all know, is the answer to the question of life the universe and everything!

Covid-19 Update

TAG 2021 (and TAG 2020!) was due to be held at the University of Leicester this December. However due to the global boycott of the institution it was decided to pause the organisation of the conference in June 2021. As the dispute doesn’t seem very likely to be resolved any time soon and with the ongoing worry about winter and Covid19, it has been decided that TAG will divorce itself from Leicester and fly free into the stratosphere of online loveliness.

So this is no longer Leicester TAG it is Antiquity TAG as the journal becomes the first ever to have TAG all to itself! Huge thanks to the Antiquity trustees and team for this!

The conference will be via Zoom and still take place from Friday 17th to Saturday 18th December, including a very exciting antiquity lecture from Prof Zoe Crossland and the annual Antiquity Quiz! We are also going to be able to make the whole conference free to attend thanks to the support of Antiquity and other sponsors!

So what happens now?

November 2021 – timetable to be released, registrations will open

“The Answer to the Great Question…”


“Of Life, the Universe and Everything…” said Deep Thought.


“Is…” said Deep Thought, and paused.




“Forty-two,” said Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm.”

Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy