TAG Central 2011

Last year I attended my first ever Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG) conference in Bristol. I’d always been sceptical about TAG, but instead of having my prejudices confirmed I found myself a convert. This year (in Birmingham) I decided to tweet my experience: here is my instant review/experience/narrative. Not everything displays correctly when embedding Storify in a wordpress.com blog, so it may be worth checking out the original.

  1. December 16, 2011 5:12:18 PM EST
  2. Getting excited about @CentralTAG starting tomorrow!
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  3. Day 1

  4. The first session I attended was titled ‘Exploring academic values & Concepts: have archaeologists lost the ability to talk about inequality?’. Organised by Adrian Davis (University of Wales, Trinity Saint David) and Robin Weaver (University of Birmingham) the session aimed to explore “whether we do not actually require the concepts of class and ideology to be able to deal with social identity. Therefore, we ask: has postmodernism impoverished our ability to confront real inequality?” (for full details and paper abstracts see the link below):
  5. The first paper was presented by Adrian Davies, who introduced the morning’s main themes. I (foolishly) didn’t take a pen to make notes, but what struck me about his talk (and many of those that followed) was the inclusion of current economic data, concerns of growing poverty and the broader impact of government policy. Personally* it does sometimes feel like archaeologists – despite widely held beliefs that our understanding of the past is subjective to the present – shy away from linking archaeology into the big political issues of the day. Obviously this was the point of the session and, given how fresh it felt, a potentially vital one. Whether the primarily Marxist approach of many of the speakers is the best way to tackle this may be open to debate.

    *(an opinion that’s probably wide of the mark because I haven’t read much around this)

  6. Great @CentralTAG session on inequity. V. good to hear current political & economic issues being discussed by A. Davies
    December 14, 2011 5:57:48 AM EST
  7. The next paper I tweeted about was given by Lorna Richardson, a PhD student at UCL studying Public archaeology in the digital age. Lorna’s paper was, as she herself describes it on her blog, “basically a good rant about techno-evangelism and digital specialism creating inequalities“.

    It was both a good rant and a good paper:
  8. @lornarichardson kicking ass on inequality and social media. Just hope the audience has enough technical capital to get it!
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  9. Also a genius line from @lornarichardson ‘lurking is learning’ #TAG2012
    December 14, 2011 6:13:04 AM EST
  10. Whilst the papers in the session were great, leaving me with real food for thought, the discussion left something to be desired…
  11. With the news that unemploymentc is now at a 17 year high things like Inequality #TAG11 session are vital for archaeology
    December 14, 2011 6:39:46 AM EST
  12. ….however, would like less discussion of Foucault and professor employment rights… #TAG11
    December 14, 2011 6:41:25 AM EST
  13. Also do not like the clear distinction of academic archaeologists Vs….well, no one, as other pro archs don’t get a mention…
    December 14, 2011 6:44:49 AM EST
  14. …which seems a bit unequal…. #TAG11
    December 14, 2011 6:46:35 AM EST
  15. ….and I was not the only one:
  16. @mattnic sadly, this debate is never going to change anything. Too many interests to be served
    December 14, 2011 7:42:24 AM EST
  17. …and as lunchtime fast approached my intellectual hunger was quickly overidden by actual hunger:
  18. Ah, fetishism has made it’s first appearance. If I had a #TAG11 bingo card I’d be well on my way….
    December 14, 2011 7:28:42 AM EST
  19. Right now I fetish FOOD! #TAG11
    December 14, 2011 7:43:53 AM EST
  20. —- lunchtime interlude —-
  21. With hunger sated we moved into the afternoon. I decided to attend a session on ‘Archaeology as a Bridge Between Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities’ organised by Zena Kamash (University of Oxford):
  22. The first papers I heard focussed on bridging archaeology and humanities, with what seemed an unfortunate gap…
  23. Archaeology as bridge between sciences and humanities #TAG11 session so far managing to avoid science. Not a great start. #TAG2011
    December 14, 2011 9:03:19 AM EST
  24. For me things really picked picked up with a paper by Helen Wickstead, who runs (ran?) Art Archaeology:
  25. Thought provoking paper from Helen Wickstead on art & science. #TAG11
    December 14, 2011 10:14:27 AM EST
  26. Also loved Wickstead quoting Dalison & Galston’s Objectivity, a brilliant book. If you haven’t read it, order it now! amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/18909…
    December 14, 2011 10:21:19 AM EST
  27. Sadly, not everyone in the audience agreed. In the discussion she was on the receiving end of some quite opinionated views (“I think you’ll find most scientists aren’t interested in the history of science!“), which seemed both impolite and unwarranted.

    Everyone then moved onto the plenary session (my phone had died, so there was no tweeting), then the wine reception (where I managed to find a plug).
    The Central TAG organisers had done themselves proud with the quantity of wine provided.
    Which was good, since I immediately made a spectacular attempt to waste it:
  28. It’s going to be a long, messy #TAG11 reception :) http://twitpic.com/7ta3cq
    December 14, 2011 1:55:13 PM EST
  29. After a short speech by the Birmingham Vice Chancellor (good job all those delegates weren’t misconstrued as a sit-in protest of some sort) sub-TAG groups dispersed for food. For us, being in Birmingham, curry had to be the answer.
  30. It’s #TAG11 curry time. Oh yeah :) #TAG2011 http://twitpic.com/7tbh0e
    December 14, 2011 4:10:27 PM EST
  31. @mattnic Jim’s eyes look a little manic in that photo. Have fun!
    December 14, 2011 5:15:06 PM EST
  32. Unfortunately the curry house we chose had an ‘interesting’ approach to additives (this is meant to be a vegetable masala):
  33. OMG! Is this the wrongest colour curry you have ever seen? #TAG11 http://twitpic.com/7tc6q7
    December 14, 2011 5:37:15 PM EST
  34. Day 2

  35. It’s #TAG11 day 2! The big debate today will be ‘did I peak too early and will I go the distance tonight?’ Watch this space….
    December 15, 2011 4:04:19 AM EST
  36. Slightly late (and sheepishly), I slipped into the session on the ‘Intersections Between Excavation Methods and Recording Systems’:
  37. Where Karl Harrison (a forensic archaeologist from Cranfield University) was halfway through his paper:
  38. Fascinating talk from Karl Harrison on forensic archaeology and his use of single context excavation on crime scenes #TAG2011
    December 15, 2011 4:45:23 AM EST
  39. Advantages of archaeological excavation methods? Jurors understand it, standard system means defence lawyers can use it #TAG2011
    December 15, 2011 4:50:34 AM EST
  40. …another advantage, forensic archs can use archaeological sub contractors if required #TAG2011
    December 15, 2011 4:52:53 AM EST
  41. Harrison was followed by Catalin Pavel, who was talking about how context sheets are a Procrustean bed for archaeological data. Not having a clue what the title meant (and being a little ‘tired’) I wasn’t really able to absorb or comment:
  42. Pavel on context sheets: “the recording of a deposit transforms a deposit”. I’m possibly too hungover to take much of this in. #TAG2011
    December 15, 2011 5:03:59 AM EST
  43. So I legged it.
  44. Making a run for some #DrWebLove #TAG2011
    December 15, 2011 5:13:34 AM EST
  45. #DrWebLove (full title: Dr. Web-Love: Or, How I Learnt to Stop Worrying & Love Social Media) was a session run by Lorna Richardson (UCL) and Pat Hadley (University of York). Whilst there is a Central TAG session page for a wider, deeper range of information on the session check out the dedicated wiki below:
  46. Having missed the first couple of papers I was lucky enough to catch the end of Morgana McCabe’s talk on Love Archaeology at Glasgow University.
  47. Love Archaeology began as a Facebook campaign to save archaeology as a distinct discipline at Glasgow (a campaign at which it succeeded), and has now morphed into a clothing emporium, Tumblr blog and magazine.
  48. #DrWebLove undefined The culmination of a facebook page becoming far more involve output.
    December 15, 2011 5:13:55 AM EST
  49. One of the things that struck me about Love Archaeology was how the success of the campaign was rooted in it’s lack of negativity (a point made by Pat Hadley in the discussion):
  50. I like the @LoveArchaeology emphasis on promoting a positive message #DrWebLove #TAG2011
    December 15, 2011 5:23:09 AM EST
  51. Given that we appear to be living in an era of perpetual cuts threatening heritage services (and with an ever increasing number of campaigns to save them) I believe this is an important concept that should probably be the core ethos of any strategy (as groups like Mortimer already do).  The danger when being negative is we arrive in a situation that allows our opponents (of whatever political persuasion) to paint those who care about the past in an uncooperative and unpleasant light (see Councillor Alan Melton’s claims to be receiving “a plethora of insults from archaeologists for example).

    The next paper was by Andy Burnham, the founder of the Megalithic Portal, an extraordinary community driven website and independent society whose members have generated in an incredibly detailed database of prehistoric sites and monuments.
  52. #DrWebLove Andy Burnham now from megalithic.co.uk/ using the web to present archaeology. Amateur work from the ground up.
    December 15, 2011 5:27:20 AM EST
  53. @PatHadley amateur in the sense of the people involved are not paid – quality of work is superb ;-) #drweblove
    December 15, 2011 5:29:18 AM EST
  54. Not all professional archaeologists following the discussion on Twitter were as enamoured by community sites, such Megalithic Portal, as those in the room:
  55. #drweblove The cult of the amateur – the deluge of user generated content makes the good stuff harder to find undermines market value.
    December 15, 2011 6:25:11 AM EST
  56. A view contested by Lorna Richardson:
  57. @diggingthedirt or is socmed offering a platform for wider participation & subverting the notion of archaeological authority? #drweblove
    December 15, 2011 6:27:18 AM EST
  58. One of the most interesting points made by Andy was the role the portal community play in looking after sites through education and outreach.
  59. #drweblove Megalithic Portal can actively discourage people from burning candles in long barrows, burying crystals at arch sites etc.
    December 15, 2011 5:37:29 AM EST
  60. #drweblove megalithic portal is providing an outlet for polite discussion about alternative archaeologies
    December 15, 2011 5:39:23 AM EST
  61. A recent exemplar of the work was the role the community played in reporting and recording the destruction of the southern Priddy Circle:
  62. Sites like @megportal are so vital. It’s community provided the best early news & pics of the Priddy henge destruction. #DrWebLove #TAG2011
    December 15, 2011 5:32:37 AM EST
  63. To see those photos (many of which were subsequently used in news articles on the destruction) check out the portal:
  64. #DrWebLove was proving to be a seriously good session, and this was having a strong effect on me.
  65. #DrWebLove is curing my hangover. See, that’s how powerful social media is #TAG2011
    December 15, 2011 6:02:26 AM EST
  66. The final paper before lunch was presented by Pamela Jane Smith (McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge), creator of the Personal Histories Project.
  67. Really intriguing talk on a really intriguing project recording personal histories personal-histories.co.uk #DrWebLove #TAG2011
    December 15, 2011 7:05:20 AM EST
  68. #DrWebLove Didn’t expect to be hearing about the nature of memory. But transforming them from the personal to the digital realm is…
    December 15, 2011 7:05:50 AM EST
  69. Pamela’s talk took us on a journey through memory, loss, love and videography. Her project aims to “understand the development of archaeology and the origins of current research agenda” through documenting oral histories with significant archaeological figures. A number of these histories are available online, including the interview with David Attenborough embedded below and an interview on the origins of TAG itself.
  70. The Personal Histories Project Presents Sir David Attenborough
    January 24, 2011 5:32:39 PM EST
  71. The session finished with Pamela offering the opportunity for members of the audience to film their own personal history.
  72. @DonaldHenson1 now being interviewed by @lornarichardson on his personal archaeological history. This is brilliant. #DrWebLove
    December 15, 2011 7:20:42 AM EST
  73. —-lunchtime interlude —-
  74. Post lunch, and I returned to #DrWebLove.
  75. Ready for an afternoon session with #drweblove shame the session clashes with the one run by @m_law
    December 15, 2011 8:44:28 AM EST
  76. First up we were treated to an Italian archaeological docu-drama
  77. Siena archaeologists Stefano Costa & Francesco Ripanti talking about their projects excavation docu-drama: youtu.be/i7fa5uBQRGI #DrWebLove
    December 15, 2011 9:05:33 AM EST
  78. #DrWebLove Francesco Ripanti now on the Vignale project. Geeky me tried to scan QR codes straight off the slides…..
    December 15, 2011 8:58:03 AM EST
  79. S’ok Pat, I did the same.

    The project (check out their blog) has, for the last few years, been producing films based on the excavation. The video embedded below is their latest opus (this is in Italian only, no subtitles as yet):
  80. Morte a Vignale
    December 12, 2011 5:34:22 AM EST
  81. The session was attracting positive attention outside the conference room:
  82. How else could a small town project PR volunteer have real time access to an elsewhere archaeology conference? Hurrah for #drweblove #gometa
    December 15, 2011 9:24:08 AM EST
  83. The final paper of the session was presented by Lorna Richardson on ‘Twitter & Archaeology: Creating a community of practice in 140 characters or less’.I won’t say much about Lorna’s talk (as I expect there will soon be a good discussion of it on her blog) except to say, my god, #DrWebLove went mega-meta:
  84. Reading @PatHadley tweet about @lornarichardson talk about tweeting. This #drweblove has gone beyond the metasphere.
    December 15, 2011 9:41:43 AM EST
  85. Lorna also made a very nice reference to an online archaeology project I had been involved in over the summer, Cosmeston Archaeology (Alice Forward was tweeting from the Cosmeston account during the conference):
  86. We were a tweeting success this summer! We will be attending #drweblove’s drop in session for help to continue the digital presence
    December 15, 2011 9:31:56 AM EST
  87. At the end of the session there was a web clinic/discussion, during which I posed a question about the Cosmeston Google page:
  88. Think the question for the #DrWebLove clinic will be ‘how can we use the @CosmestonArch Google acct. more effectively?’
    December 15, 2011 10:24:37 AM EST
  89. ….or at all if we are being honest #DrWebLove
    December 15, 2011 10:25:10 AM EST
  90. The discussion on this centred on how Google has so far had little success in developing an archaeological community. Pat Hadley suggested that we import RSS feeds from the blog and adopt a wait and see approach. Lorna Richardson then suggested that perhaps archaeologists needed to be more proactive in developing a community on Google .After returning from TAG, a blog from photographer Thomas Hawk on the success of the photography community on Google  (and it’s negative impact on Flickr) suggests that Lorna may be right (an ‘if we build it, they will come‘ scenario):
  91. The session was now over, and it was TAG PARTY TIME! The Central TAG organisers had booked a band who, despite looking like they were 15, had everyone from professors to undergraduates (via telly archaeologists) throwing shapes on the dancefloor.
  92. Sugar Mama – Georgia
    May 5, 2011 10:14:51 AM EDT
  93. Sugar Mama’s tore up the #TAG2011 party there.
    December 15, 2011 4:43:14 PM EST
  94. The original #TAG2011 little n’ large http://pic.twitter.com/bz7shakc
    December 15, 2011 4:51:21 PM EST
  95. Johnny Cash is Walking The Line at the #TAG2011 party, not sure many of the archaeologists here would be able to do the same….
    December 15, 2011 6:09:36 PM EST
  96. I walk the line – Young Johnny
    October 26, 2007 8:55:01 AM EDT
  97. Very pleasingly the #TAG2011 party has now entered 90s indie disco territory.
    December 15, 2011 7:47:03 PM EST
  98. And that’s the end of the #TAG2011 party for me….hopefully see ya tomorrow…
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  99. DAY 3

  100. The morning started on familiar territory:
  101. So, on the way in for #TAG2011 surprisingly TAGover free. This worries me. Will I suffer later? Watch this space…
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  102. @mattnic Impressive. I saw your 1am ish disco tweet ad well.
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  103. @ArchAHeritage not actually made it into a session yet….jabbering over the detritus of last night with a bucket of coffee.
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  104. Post coffee I nipped into a session on the The Connected Past: People, Networks and Complexity in Archaeology and History organised by Tom Brughmans (University of Southampton), Anna Collar (University of Exeter, University of Liverpool), and Fiona Coward (Royal Holloway University of London).
  105. The first paper I heard was by Amara Thornton on the ‘heritage network in British Mandate Palestine’:
  106. Made it into Connected Past where Amara Thornton is talking about social network analysis of archaeologists in mandate Palestine #TAG2011
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  107. The names and histories in this talk whip me back to the stone tool collections of the @Pitt_Rivers. I’m feeling all wistful. #TAG2011
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  108. Next up was Erik van Rossenberg on ‘how to deal with typochrnological fuzziness in historical trajectories’ in the Early Italian Bronze Age. I wasn’t sure what typochrnological fuzziness was, and I don’t know much about the Early Italian Bronze Age, but luckily it was clarified:
  109. Time for ontology in archaeological praxis & typochronologically fuzziness. Apparently that last one refers to transitional phases #TAG2011
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  110. With my lack of knowledge the best way I could summarise the talk was:
  111. Typochronological fuzziness (translates) – it’s complicated. Time-transgressive scenarios (trans.) – recognising it’s complicated. #TAG2011
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  112. During this session it struck me that there were a lot of pre-historians talking about social networks, which led me to wonder…
  113. Given how social networks seem to be the new ‘in’ thing in prehistory you think more people would be tweeting from this session #TAG2011
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  114. Next up was fellow Cardiff PhD student Heather Giddens who talked about ‘Neolithic meshworks: paths of becoming in the LBK’:
  115. We’re onto Ingold’s meshworks. Very clear description from Heather, think I finally understand… #TAG2011
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  116. ….which leads to a problem, cos as far as I can see Ingold’s meshwork doesn’t differ much from those life lines in Donnie Darko. #TAG2011
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  117. For those who don’t know what I’m referring to, it’s this:
  118. Donnie Darko Party
    February 14, 2011 10:12:59 AM EST
  119. …but enough of being facetious…
  120. Actually, meshworks do seem to offer an opportunity for a more nuanced approach than traditional network analysis #TAG2011
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  121. ….and I now have Ingold’s bookin my order queue for post Christmas purchasing.The discussion session proved to be less inspiring than the presentations:
  122. ‘physicists don’t really study the deep past, only things like history of internet’….Really? Seriously? #TAG2011
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  123. (I think the person who made the statement was trying to refer to methodological differences between approaches to the past in sciences and humanities)This slightly odd statement caught the attention of those following TAG on Twitter:
  124. @mattnic ARGH! I used to be a physicist, what about deep space radio waves?!!! Let me at ’em!
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  125. ….cos I’m fairly sure that at least a few of ’em study things like the origins of the universe ‘n stuff #TAG2011 #TheoristsMissingThePoint
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  126. @mattnic or, say, the existence of time itself… (thanks for the TAG tweets!)
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  127. @mattnic Can’t think of any science that doesn’t (potentially) look at the past though. Weird.
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  128. —- lunchtime interlude —-
  129. For the final afternoon I moved onto a session organised by James Morris and Don Walker (both Museum of London Archaeology) on the ‘Archaeology of Scientific Discovery’. The session aimed to “explore how archaeology can inform our understanding of scientific development and its consequences from AD 1700 onwards”, and was a welcome dose of post-medieval CHAT-esque heritage thought. It was also – after the anti-arts pro-science rant Helen Wickstead endured and the dodgy understanding on how science views the past earlier – the most successful session I attended in bridging the gap between different approaches to archaeology.
  130. We started with Don Walker, who took us through the human skeletal remains excavated by MOLA at the Royal London Hospital.
  131. Fascinating talk from Walker et al on @MuseumofLondon excavation of clandestine 19th C autopsy graveyard at Royal London Hospital #TAG2011
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  132. The human remains suggest that fear of body snatching and dissection was not a hysterical over reaction #TAG2011
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  133. The next few tweets are probably fairly self explanatory…
  134. HORTON IS IN THE HOUSE! #TAG2011
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  135. @mattnic yo gettin yo Hawt-awn
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  136. Mark HORTON provided an enjoyable romp through the life & material culture of Edward Kenneth & Blossom the cow. #TAG2011
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  137. (Edward Kenneth should have been Edward Jenner)Next up was the man with possibly the coolest name at TAG (assuming Foxy Demeanour wasn’t in attendance): Doug Rocks-MacQueen and colleague Stuart Dinning on excavating a Pineapple house in Scotland’s largest walled garden.
  138. Fantastic talk on excavating a pineapple house at Aimsfield there. You can read more about it here: dougsarchaeology.wordpress… #TAG2011
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  139. Swiftly followed by Ian Hanson:
  140. We’re on to Darwin now & his interest in soil formation processes. #TAG2011
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  141. If you are new to the research Darwin undertook on earthworms then you may like to check out this 5 minute intro:
  142. Throughout his working life Darwin continuously returned to worms; a fascination which cumulated in his 1881 book Vegetable Mould and Worms. He spent time digging test pits (well, his workmen did) in the fields surrounding his home to examine how far modern material had moved into the earth (the below illustration is from p133).
  143. December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  144. Ian Hanson excavated new test pits to examine the varieties of earthworm species and the cinder artefacts that Darwin investigated. The results (quoting directly from the published workhere) were as follows:”Observations made by Darwin, some 29 years after cinder application by Keith, 70 years later and here a further 70 years on, appear to indicate that these cinders, and subsequently deposited items (such as brick and pottery fragments) have come to rest on a layer of clay with flints. The presence of an impervious stony stratum may be of some significance in an archaeological context as depth of deposition generally determines age of materials. The effects of earthworms must therefore be considered very carefully.”
  145. After Ian Hanson’s talk I’m never going to look at worms in the same way again… #TAG2011
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  146. On the next tweet I owe Kevin Woolridge an apology, for it was he (not John Schofield) who asked the question (the beard should have given it away):
  147. John Schofield in discussion for Ian Hanson’s paper: were Darwin and Pitt-Rivers in contact? … #TAG2011
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  148. …. And did this influence development of the dark earth as abandonment theory? #TAG2011
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  149. An interesting question. A quick search of the Rethinking Pitt-Rivers website does suggest at least some links between Pitt-Rivers and Darwin, with Edward Burnett Tylor (1832-1917) writing to Darwin and asking him to support PRs application to join the Royal Society. Pitt-Rivers was also heavily influenced by Darwin’s ideas on evolution, so it would be interesting to see if there was evidence showing him equally as influenced by Darwin’s opinions on worms.We were now entering the home stretch, with Clare Hickman presenting a paper on some intriguing garden archaeology.
  150. Claire Hickman is now telling us about John Hunter and how he teased bees #TAG2011
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  151. Which was followed by an awesome discussion:
  152. Links between John Hunter, the St Pancreas cemetery, Mary Shelley and an autopsy on a walrus. Could this session get any better? #TAG2011
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  153. Finally, rounding off the session and TAG itself (for me) was James Morris on animal bones from the Royal London Hospital (recovered during the same excavation as Don Walker’s dissected human remains):
  154. James Morris: missing parts of exotic animal skellies excavated at Royal London may have been donated to museums back in 19th C #TAG2011
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  155. Fascinating link between archaeology and museums before the creation of the archaeological deposit. #TAG2011
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  156. I’m seriously looking forward to having a read through this excavation when it’s published!
  157. James Morris has been presented a pineapple…and that’s the end of my #TAG2011 !
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  158. Decompression

  159. Thanks to the @CentralTAG for organising a great #TAG2011 :)
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  160. Have just about returned to normal operating parameters after#tag2011 thanks to all who helped
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  161. Had a really great time at @CentralTAG – lots of really thought provoking papers and sessions! #TAG2011
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  162. Back in Shef decompressing after an intellectual stimulating 3 days. #tag2011
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  163. Now to have a couple of days *not* thinking about Archaeology after a stimulating #TAG2011
    December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST
  164. And perhaps the best TAG summary:
  165. December 16, 2011 5:11:30 PM EST

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