Braving the Dragons – ‘Art and the Archaeological Imagination: Braving the Dragons’. 27th-28th Feb 2019

TAG Deva is pleased to announce a further archaeological conference soon after TAG Deva takes place in December 2018: Braving the Dragons. 

Speakers are Christopher Catling, John Harvey, Meri Huws, Mary Lloyd Jones, Carmen Mills, Julie Sorrell, Colin Renfrew, Michael Shanks, Peter Wakelin, Jennifer Wallace, Kate Whiteford.


Accommodation for TAG Deva


There are many hotels and B&Bs around the city, all of which tend to be advertised on

In addition, you can book accommodation (on a room-only basis, i.e. no breakfast) at the centrally located University accommodation at Sumner House. Enter the promotion code “TAG2018” prior to checking availability.

Chester is a popular tourist destination and therefore we would advise booking accomodation as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Some University of Chester accommodation will be available at a discount rate once registration is open.

TAG Deva Call for Papers! Deadline 1st September 2018

After a long and complex process, the TAG Deva sessions are now live and you can view them all here.

We proudly present 38 sessions and other academic events taking place between 17th and 19th December 2018 at the main campus of the University of Chester, including:

  • 1 Short Talk session
  • 2 Round Tables
  • 2 Debates
  • 2 Digital Sessions via Twitter
  • 2 Exhibitions
  • 1 PechaKucha/Round Table/Workshop and Creative Display
  • A range of Standard Format Sessions opting to combine with Digital Sessions via Twitter, Digital Posters, and/or Live Tweeting.

Many have responded to the conferences desire to emphasise on themes of frontiers and mobilities in different regards.

The deadline for submitting a proposal for a paper/digital presentation/digital poster is 23.59 on 1st September 2018.

Get in touch direct and propose your papers to the individual session organisers whose contact details are listed on their session pages.

Make sure you clearly include (in English) your:

  1. Proposed Title
  2. Clearly written 150-word (max.) abstract
  3. Any queries or special requirements for your mode of delivery

Note: at this time, we are not accepting presentations via Skype or other video-conferencing methods. You can either attend TAG in person, or present a Twitter poster or paper if the session organisers have agreed to accept this mode of delivery.


TAG Deva update

Well, the call for sessions is now closed and the TAG Organising Committee is busy evaluating what we have received. Thank you all for your support and help in the process so far.

We’ve also worked hard for, what seems to be the first time, offer some guidance on how to go about organising sessions. This is to ensure fairness, equality and inclusivity at every stage of the preparations for the conference, from proposing sessions through to their delivery.

As you will have seen, we aim to have a diversity of session formats, and more news on these in due course.

For now, be aware as session organisers that you will be informed regarding our decision in mid-May and the Call for Papers will go live in the summer.


TAG Deva fever begins!

Dr Caroline Pudney and Professor Howard Williams are leading the organisation of the 40th Annual Theoretical Archaeology Group conference at the University of Chester from 17th-19th December 2018.

We are supported by a range of students and staff in the Department of History and Archaeology, where we teach undergraduate degrees in Archaeology, both single honours and combined with a range of subjects.

We also teach a range of Masters programmes:

The Department has a burgeoning Archaeology postgraduate research community pursuing MPhils and PhDs.

The History and Archaeology department’s research focuses on prehistoric, early historic and contemporary archaeology in Britain and NW Europe, including expertise in landscape archaeology, carved stone monuments, mortuary archaeology and material culture.

The website and logo are set up and we have a Twitter account and Facebook page speedily fostering followers and spouting arch-theory!

Please follow us and consider attending the greatest archaeological gathering to ever come to Chester!