The 2020 annual meeting of the Theoretical Archaeology Group will take place in Leicester from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th December.

This year TAG turns 42 and the conference theme will be LIFE.


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

Like us we are sure you are caught up in the world of Coronavirus, lockdowns and adjusting to life in these difficult times. With everything in flux at the moment we just want to bring you up to speed with our plans for Leicester TAG in December. At present, it is very hard to know when lockdowns will end, and what life will be like in the autumn let alone at Christmas. For the moment we are proceeding with the hope that TAG will go ahead as planned. That means we still really want you to submit your session ideas – we’ve had some brilliant ones in so far – and to keep planning on keeping TAG as part of your annual schedule. You can find the link here. We are extending the deadline for session proposals to Friday 29th May.

Keeping TAG as part of the schedule will give us something to look forward to if nothing else. We will of course keep our eyes on the situation and as and when things become more clear over the coming months we will update everybody about our plans and contingencies. If the worst comes to the worst, our colleagues on the organising committee for TAG 2021 at Edinburgh have kindly agreed that they can delay for a year if necessary. So Leicester TAG – and all the amazing sessions you have and will submit – will definitely be taking place!

If you have any questions do please send us an email to tag2020@leicester.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.”

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