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TAG in the Deep South

January 6, 2017

Howard on TAG

Archaeodeath

Not every year, but most years, I attend the annual Theoretical Archaeology Group meeting. On 19-21 December 2016, the latest conference was hosted by the University of Southampton’s archaeologists. They were celebrating their 50th anniversary as an academic discipline at Southampton in 2016. This was my 18th TAG in 23 years!

Despite the distance from Chester, I was delighted to attend and present as well as to see a die-hard core of four of my undergraduate and two of my postgraduate students there too.

Well done Southampton for a well-organised and entertaining TAG, with highlights including:

  • a Christmas market and suitable social events including the TAG party which followed the Antiquity Quiz;
  • an enjoyable particularly mortuary archaeology-ladened academic programme (although the official theme was ‘Visualisation’);
  • a fascinating Keynote Antiquity Lecture by Prof Rosemary Joyce of Berkeley about the contemporary archaeology of nuclear waste disposal in the US entitled Visions…

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