TAG

The Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG) was founded as a national body in 1979 with the aim of promoting debate and discussion of issues in theoretical archaeology. Its principal activity is the promotion of an annual conference, traditionally held in December and organised so as to be accessible at low cost to research students and others.

TAG is managed and steered by a National Committee that meets annually and comprises a representative from each of the university departments that have hosted a TAG Conference. Convening and organizing National Committee meetings, and administering TAG finances, is the duty of the TAG Trustees who are:

  • Colin Renfrew
  • Timothy Darvill
  • Andrew Fleming (1979 - 2001)

TAG Meetings and Conferences

Annual Conferences
TAG-North America 2014 Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (23-25 May)
Website: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1195202
Nordic TAG 2014 Stockholm (22-26 April)
Website: http://www.archaeology.su.se/nordictag2014
TAG CZ 2014 Pilsen (3-4 March)
Website: http://czechtag.wordpress.com/
Call for papers: Call for papers (pdf file)
Application form: Application form (Word file)
TAG-USA 2013 Chicago (9-11 May)
Website: http://tag2013.uchicago.edu
TAG-Turkey
Izmir 2013
Ege University (9-10 May)
Website: http://tagturkey.wordpress.com/english/
Newsletter: Newsletter (pdf file)
Nordic TAG 2013 Reykjavík (21-25 April)
2012 Liverpool (17-19 December)
Website: http://www.liv.ac.uk/sace/livetag/index.htm/
Abstracts: Abstracts (pdf file)
Abstracts: Academic Programme (pdf file)
Handbook: Handbook (pdf file)
Scottish TAG 2012 Glasgow (6 October)
Website: http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/humanities/events/archaeologyevents/stag/
TAG-USA 2012 University at Buffalo (27-30 May)
Website: http://www.cas.buffalo.edu/tag2012/
2011 Birmingham (14-16 December)
Website: http://centraltag.wordpress.com/
Nordic TAG 2011 Kalmar, Sweden (26-29 April)
2010 Bristol (17-19 December)
Website: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/archanth/tag/index.html
TAG-USA
Brown 2010
Brown University (30 April - 2 May)
Website: http://proteus.brown.edu/tag2010/Home
2009 Durham (17-19 December)
Abstracts: Abstracts (pdf file)
Handbook: Handbook (pdf file)
Nordic TAG 2009 Trondheim, Norway (26-29 May)
Website: http://www.ntnu.no/arv/konferanser/NTAG2009/
TAG-USA
Stanford 2009
Stanford, Palo Alto CA (1-3 May)
2008 Southampton (15-17 December)
TAG-USA
NYC 2008
New York (23-25 May)
Website: www.columbia.edu/cu/archaeology/conference/tag/
2007 York (14-16 December)
Website: www.tag07.york.googlepages.com/home
2006 Exeter (15-18 December)
2005 Sheffield (19-21 December)
2004 Glasgow Tartan TAG (17-19 December)
2003 Lampeter (17-19 December)
2002 Manchester (21-23 December)
2001 Dublin: TAG in Ireland (13-15 December)
2000 Oxford (18-20 December)
1999 Cardiff (14-17 December)
1998 Birmingham (19-21 December)
1997 Bournemouth (16-18 December)
Website: http://csweb.bmth.ac.uk/tag97/index.htm
1996 Liverpool (16-18 December)
1995 Reading (18-21 December)
1994 Bradford (14-16 December)
1993 Durham (13-16 December)
1992 Southampton: euro-TAG (14-16 December)
1991 Leicester
1990 Lampeter (17-20 December)
1989 Newcastle upon Tyne (18-20 December)
1988 Sheffield (13-15 December)
1987 Bradford (15-17 December)
1986 University College London (15-17 December)
1985 Glasgow
1984 Cambridge (14-16 December)
1983 Cardiff (12-14 December)
1982 Durham (13-15 December)
1981 Reading (14-16 December)
1980 Southampton (14-16 December)
1979 Sheffield (17-19 December)
Annual Meetings
1978 Theoretical Approaches in Archaeology: Sheffield
1977 Theoretical Archaeology Group: Southampton (9-11 December)

Comments, reviews and retrospects

  • BINTLIFF, J. 1991. Post-modernism, rhetoric and scholasticism at TAG: the current state of British Archaeological Theory. Antiquity 65: 274-8.
  • BUTCHER, K. & B. SILLAR. 1994. The fifteenth annual conference of the Theoretical Archaeology Group. Durham. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 5: 128-31.
  • CHIPPINDALE, C. 1990. Theoretical Archaeology Group: 11th Conference. Current Anthropology 31: 463-6.
  • CROSSLAND, Z. & A. FLEMING. 2014. Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG), in C. Smith (ed.) Encyclopedia of global archaeology: 7302-7304. Heidelberg: Springer.
  • DODS, R. 1995. Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG): Sixteenth annual conference, University of Bradford. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 5: 92-4.
  • FLEMING, A. & M. JOHNSON. 1990. The Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG): origins, retrospect, prospect. Antiquity 64: 303-7.
  • GAYDARSKA, B. 2009. A brief history of TAG. Antiquity 83: 1152-62.
  • IGUAZ, G. 1993. Euro-TAG. The Theoretical Archaeology Group conference. Southampton. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 4: 105-6.
  • HOLTORF, C. 1997. TAG — die Buchreihe zur Tagung. [A review essay about the first five volumes of the Routledge TAG book series] Archäologische Informationen 20(1): 160-9.
  • HOLTORF, C. 2001. The 21st Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference, Cardiff, 14-17 December 1999. European Journal of Archaeology 4: 153-5.
  • MERRIMAN, N. 1984. TAG 84. Antiquity 58: 215.
  • PADDAYYA, K. 1993. A report on the Theoretical Archaeology Group (EuroTAG) conference, University of Southampton, 14-16 December 1992. Man and Environment 18: 151-4.
  • THOMAS, J. & C. TILLEY. 1992. TAG and "post-modernism": a reply to John Bintliff. Antiquity 66: 106-14.
  • WARMAN, S., L. GIBBONS & L. PRESTON. 1997. TAG conference, Liverpool, 16-18 December, 1996. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 8: 80-6.

Publications arising from TAG Meetings

  • COOPER, M., A. FIRTH, J. CARMAN & D. WHEATLEY (ed.). 1995. Managing archaeology. TAG Series. London: Routledge.
  • DÍAZ-ANDREU, M. & S. KEAY (ed.). 1997. The archaeology of Iberia. TAG Series. London: Routledge.
  • GAYDARSKA, B. 2009. A brief history of TAG. Antiquity 83: 1152–1162.
  • GRAVES-BROWN, P., S. JONES & C.S. GAMBLE (ed.). 1996. Cultural identity and archaeology: the construction of European communities. TAG Series. London: Routledge.
  • HOFMANN, D., J. MILLS & A. COCHRANE (ed.). 2005. Elements of being: mentalities, identities and movements. Twelve papers stemming from a TAG session at Lampeter 2003 (BAR – S1437). Oxford: Archaeopress. www.archaeopress.com
  • HOLTORF, C. & A. GAZIN-SCHWARTZ (ed.). 1999. Archaeology and folklore. London & New York: Routledge.
  • HOLTORF, C. & A. PICCINI (ed.). 2009. Contemporary archaeologies: excavating now. Frankfurt/M.: Peter Lang.
  • MATHERS, C., T. DARVILL & B. LITTLE (ed.). 2005. Heritage of value, archaeology of renown. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.
  • MOLYNEAUX, B.L. (ed.). 1997. The cultural life of images. TAG Series. London: Routledge.
  • NASH, G. (ed.) 1997. Semiotics of landscape: archaeology of mind (Papers from a session held at 1994 TAG Conference, BAR – S661). Oxford: Archaeopress. www.archaeopress.com
  • PINSKY, V. & A. WYLIE (ed.). 1989. Critical traditions in contemporary archaeology. New Directions in Archaeology Series. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • RENFREW, C., M.J. ROWLANDS & B.A. SEAGRAVES (ed.). 1982. Theory and explanation in archaeology. The Southampton Conference. London and New York: Academic Press.
  • SHENNAN, S. & J. STEELE (ed.). 1995. The archaeology of human ancestry. TAG Series. London: Routledge.
  • SPENCER, N. (ed). 1995. Time, tradition and society in Greek archaeology. TAG Series. London: Routledge.
  • UCKO, P.J. (ed.). 1995. Theory in archaeology. A World Perspective. TAG Series. London: Routledge.
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