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
Submissions are now open for Volume 4 of the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal (TRAJ), to be published in 2021. TRAJ provides a venue for innovative and interdisciplinary research in the field of Roman archaeology. The journal promotes the use of theoretical approaches to the Roman past and facilitates fresh interpretations of all forms of archaeological material. While TRAJ invites papers on any aspect of theoretical and critical approaches to Roman archaeology, for our current volume, articles addressing but not limited to the following themes are especially welcome: Roman archaeology in a time of global crisis Digital approaches to pedagogy, fieldwork, and data Health, medicine, and disease in the Roman world TRAC at 30 – retrospect and prospect in theoretical Roman archaeology To publish a paper in TRAJ please submit a full article (5,000 – 10,000 words) before Tuesday 1st September...
Following the decision of the Croatian government to postpone all public events with more than 100 participants until further notice we are mindful of the impact this could have on RAC / TRAC in April 2020. With colleagues from numerous countries now unable to attend due to travel restrictions, and conditions in many areas expected to worsen in the short term the circumstances have grown steadily more challenging. Given the unpredictability of the situation, the Croatian Academy wishes to postpone RAC/TRAC. As such, we are now planning to delay for 12 months and hold RAC/TRAC in Split from 7-10 April, 2021, with pre-and post-conference excursions. We appreciate that this news will be disappointing for many for you. However, our hope is that the 2021 conference will remain substantially similar to that originally planned, and feature the same sessions and speakers...
At present time we intend to go ahead with RAC/TRAC 2020 in Split. The Croatian Academy assures us that the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Croatia is very low, and there are currently none in Split itself, or the wider region of Dalmatia. As the outbreak is an evolving situation, we are continuing to monitor its spread closely, and revise our position as necessary. We additionally exploring ways for delegates who have had travel restrictions imposed by their institutions to join us via Skype.
Call for Expressions of Interest: Hosting RAC/TRAC 2022 The Archaeology Committee of the Roman Society would like to invite expressions of interest from UK institutions in hosting the 2022 joint Roman Archaeology Conference and Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference. The event takes place biannually in April and in keeping with the current programme (which sees the event alternating between the UK and abroad), the 2022 event will take place in the UK. To register your interest in hosting this event, please send one side of A4 outlining the following: Prospective dates Brief details of possible venue facilities and accommodation available (it will be necessary to be able to provide session rooms of various sizes with projector facilities, a large space for plenary events, space for publisher stalls etc.) Provisional details of the local organising committee membership Details of any experience of...
TRAC is now accepting expressions of interest for hosting TRAC 2021! All official bids are to be made with a short presentation at the TRAC AGM, which will be held during RAC/TRAC 2020 in Split. If you are interested in becoming involved with TRAC and hosting the 31st annual conference, email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.