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 conferences have sparked some of the most inventive archaeological articles published in venues such as Archaeological Dialogues, Antiquity and the Journal of Social Archaeology. Sibling branches of the organisation were founded in Scandinavia in 2000, and in the United States in 2008. Local TAG conferences have also been established in more recent years in Turkey and the Czech Reprublic.
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)