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Top archaeologists head for Southampton

Published: 11 December 2008

Up to 600 archaeologists will gather for one of the largest Archaeology conferences of its kind in the world which takes place next week at the University of Southampton (15 and 17 December 2008).

The three-day Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG) conference is aimed at all practising archaeologists, including undergraduate students and internationally-renowned experts.

Topics include the effects of warfare and military occupation on historic sites, and the political implications of archaeological practice. Examples will include the Nazi occupation of the Channel Islands, conflict in the Balkans and the aftermath of military action in Jordan.

The opening session will focus on the 1968 Paris uprising and the degree to which archaeology is involved in and has a role to play in contemporary social and political issues. The session includes contributions by the distinguished Alain Schnapp, a Professor at the Sorbonne at the time of the uprising.

"Hosting the TAG conference in 2008 is a great honour for us, particularly as the conference began in Southampton, and is now celebrating its 30th anniversary," explains University of Southampton archaeologist Jon Adams. "Archaeology is often in the news and there is a lot to talk about. We are looking forward to lively debate on current issues affecting archaeology with academics from all over the world."


He adds: "Archaeology in Southampton is internationally renowned for its research and teaching, and is currently attracting headlines in other ways, with maritime archaeologist Lucy Blue, of the University's Centre for Maritime Archaeology, co-presenting BBC television series Oceans."

TAG30 delegates will also get the opportunity to discover Southampton's archaeological heritage with evening tours of the medieval town. The conference is supported by the University of Southampton, Southampton City Council and a range of other organisations.

For more information about the TAG conference programme, visit:

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