Current Archaeology Live! 2019

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Current Archaeology Live! 2019

8-9 March 2019
Senate House, London

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Senate House, London

8-9 March 2019

Current Archaeology Live! 2019 returned to the University of London’s Senate House on 8-9 March for a fascinating, entertaining, and stimulating two days, hearing from the foremost archaeological experts on the latest finds and ground-breaking research.


Bonus Activity: Sunday 10 March

Conference participants were able to join archaeologists from the Thames Discovery Programme for a guided walk to explore the archaeological remains on the Thames Foreshore in London. We ran two 90-minute walks for CA Live! attendees – one exploring the north bank of the river and one the south.

For more details about the activity, click here.

Current Archaeology Awards

The winners of the 11th annual Current Archaeology Awards were announced on Friday 8 March, as part of Current Archaeology Live! 2019. The 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.

The winners were:

Archaeologist of the Year 2019:
Richard Osgood

Research Project of the Year 2019:
Prehistoric pop culture: deciphering the DNA of the Bell Beaker Complex
Iñigo Olalde et al.

Rescue Project of the Year 2019
A landscape revealed: exploring 6,000 years of Cambridgeshire’s past along the A14
MOLA Headland Infrastructure

Book of the Year 2019
The Old Stones: a field guide to the megalithic sites of Britain and Ireland
By Andy Burnham

Click on the links below to find out about all the nominees in each category:

Archaeologist of the Year

Research Project of the Year

Rescue Project of the Year

Book of the Year

Save the date!

Current Archaeology Live! 2020 will be held at the University of London’s Senate House, on 28-29 February 2020.  We hope to see you there for another fascinating and entertaining two days! Tickets will go on sale here on this page in the autumn of 2019.

What to Expect at CA Live!

Our previous conferences have been great successes – watch the video below for a flavour of what to expect from these celebrated CA Live! events, and read on to see a few of your comments below. We look forward to seeing you all again at this coming one!

Exceeded expectations. I was expecting a lot and got more – it’s good to have access to good speakers and key personnel in the projects.

I flew all the way from Dubai for the conference and thoroughly enjoyed every presentation. It was an excellent weekend in a superb building with great biscuits.

I’ve been to every conference: I always expect to enjoy it, and I always do.

The event exceeded our expectation. We have an amateur interest in archaeology, mainly through television, and did have a concern that the event might be overly academic. This was not borne out, and we thought that all the speakers delivered interesting sets with Time Team presentation skills – and I mean that in a good way!

The organisers are to be congratulated for putting on a stimulating and wide-ranging programme.

Whole-Room View of the Beveridge Hall at Senate House during one of the sessions at CA Live!.

It entirely lived up to my expectations. The venue was excellent; a magnificent art deco building. The awards ceremony and drinks reception (with nice pastries, rather than just crisps) – and the rock group – was an enjoyable way to close the first day.

It was my first attendance and I was highly impressed. The organisation was very smooth and professional, the content of excellent quality and superbly presented, the venue accessible and comfortable.

Excellent speakers and presentations. Also met up with old friends and made new ones – a friendly atmosphere.

Richard-Buckley-CA-Live Richard Buckley of University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) gives a talk on how his team discovered Richard III, and the archaeology behind it, during the CA Live! conference in 2013.

Event was excellent value for money!

It was very interesting to hear current updated views from the contributors, all people qualified in their own disciplines. The event was well organised and gives one the opportunity to attend a centre where like-minded people can congregate and listen to current debate on topics.

AC8_6318-w Julian Richards (Meet the Ancestors) presents Phil Harding (Time Team) with the Archaeologist of the Year award, as part of the CA Archaeology Awards held during the evening reception on the Friday night each year.

Well-organised, well-run, and a superb range of speakers.

I have been to every conference since they began, and the range and variety of topics has been superb I can offer no improvements.