Welcome to the TRAC website, home of the celebrated annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference, TRAC publications, and additional events.
TRAC is an unincorporated voluntary association that has developed from and around the annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference series held since 1991. The first TRAC conference was held to widen the range of perspectives offered, and voices heard, in Roman archaeology. This was a major success, and TRAC has made a major contribution to research in Roman archaeology over the past 25+ years. Following on from its initial success, TRAC continues to organise annual conferences and workshops in addition to producing publications in the form of a themed series – TRAC Themes in Roman Archaeoolgy
– and an open-access journal – The Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal
(TRAJ). Individual conferences are primarily organised by a Local Organising Committee with the support of the TRAC Standing Committee and a number of sponsoring organisations. Since the mid-1990s, TRAC has been held—in alternate years—alongside the Roman Archaeology Conference (RAC) organised by the Archaeology Committee of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies
(aka ‘The Roman Society’).
Recent Site Updates
TRAC are inviting applications from higher education institutions to bid to host the 2023 Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference. The conference is a central point in the academic calendar in the field of Roman archaeology and for Roman archaeology students as well as early career and established research communities in the UK and beyond. The Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference 2023 will take the format of a fully remote event to minimise travel and allow maximum participation from across Europe and beyond. We encourage participation from institutions which have no prior history of hosting TRAC due to their smaller size or remote location, but the application process is open to all higher education institutions. We are looking for expressions of interest from a team of postgraduates and early career researchers based at either a single higher education institution two from within the...
We would like to invite you to the TRAC 2021-22 Webinar Keynote Lecture on Tuesday, 24th May at 5 pm BST. Marko A. Janković (University of Belgrade) will speak about Pagans, Christians or just plain old Romans? Religious identities in the Late Roman Period – The Case Study of Remesiana (Dacia Mediterranea). Registration is open via Eventbrite.
After a successful TRAC in Split, which reminded us all why it is so important for our community to come together and engage in vibrant discussions, we are delighted to announce that we will continue with our series of TRAC Workshops. On Wednesday, 29th June 2022, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm BST we will discuss Ethical Challenges in Roman Archaeology. The workshop has been organised by Lacey Giles, Zena Kamash, Francesca Mazzilli, and Dies van der Linde. Speakers include Andrew Gardner (UCL) and Sadie Watson (MOLA). The full programme can be downloaded here and registration takes place via Eventbrite.
Elections will be held at this year’s AGM at RAC/TRAC in Split (Friday 8 April @ 13:00–14:00). TRAC SC members are elected for a term of three years, and each member may hold their position for up to two terms. All candidates must be able to commit to an estimated equivalent of one month part-time work, which will be spread throughout the year. Candidates must be able to attend the yearly TRAC and RAC/TRAC conference and attend online Standing Committee meetings held four times throughout the year. Re-election at the AGM: Provided there are no contesting applicants, the following current Standing Committee members will be standing for re-election: Vice-Chair (Dr Blanka Misic) Treasurer (Dr Sarah Scoppie) Available Positions for Election at the AGM: The following positions are available for election: Chair (Standing Committee Position): The tasks of this position...
Can’t wait to get into conference planning? Looking forward to exploring Split during a busy conference schedule? Wait no longer! The RAC-TRAC 2022 Conference programme is online, and you can find it here! N.B. this programme shows the date, time and location of sessions. Times and locations will not change. However, it has not yet been updated to remove sessions which have been cancalled or speakers who have withdrawn. If you have already emailed to withdraw your paper or session, then there is no need to email again. This programme will be updated again by the end of this week.