The University and College Union has called for a global boycott on the University of Leicester in response to a long running dispute over redundancies. Given this it is clear we need to pause our current recruitment of papers for the conference. We hope that negotiations between the University of Leicester and the union are able to resolve this situation and that we can welcome you all to Leicester in December.


17th-19th December 2021

TAG was due to come to Leicester in 2020 – the covid19 pandemic disrupted the chance for us to have our usual theory-fuelled fun. We moved online and hosted FringeTAG in December 2020.

In 2021 we hope that the situation with the pandemic allows us to welcome you all to Leicester. In 2021 TAG is going to turn 42 and therefore we have picked the theme LIFE for our conference.


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

We continue to monitor the situation with Covid-19. At present we are making plans to host TAG in Leicester in 2021. We will be reviewing the feasibility of this through the spring and summer. We will also be considering what alternatives there are to in-person conferencing to allow us to deal with the pandemic situation.

Please note we are having IT problems with the official TAG email address so if you have any questions do please send us an email to ojth1@le.ac.uk

“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
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