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

  1. TRAJ Volume 2 (for 2019) Call for Papers

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    The Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal is a new open access journal published by the Open Library of Humanities. 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 datasets, rather than solely the presentation of archaeological data. The journal’s geographic focus is the whole of the Roman world, including areas beyond the frontiers where Roman influence was evident. The journal’s temporal scope is from the Bronze Age to the Late Antique period; however, the subject of most contributions will usually range from the third century BC to the fifth century AD. Manuscripts which derive from both TRAC events and open submissions are both welcomed. In order to publish in the second volume of TRAJ, please submit an expression of interest and an article abstract of no...
  2. TRAJ Volume 1 – First papers now published

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    We are delighted to announce the publication of the first two articles in volume 1 of the Theoretical Roman Archaeology, published by the Open Library of Humanities. ‘The Value of Studying Roman frontiers’ by David Breeze, and ‘The Construction, Use, and Discard of Female Identities: Interpreting Spindle Whorls at Vindolanda and Corbidge’ by Marta Alberti (Newcastle University/Vindolanda Trust). The volume is guest-edited by Emily Hanscam and Jonathan Quiery of Durham University. These articles are all available open access on the TRAJ website. More articles will be published soon.
  3. New TRAC Publications for RAC/TRAC 2018

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    The TRAC Standing committee is very pleased to announce the launch of our fully open-access online journal, the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal (TRAJ) published and supported by the Open Library of Humanities (OLH). The first articles of the inaugural volume will be available to download freely from http://traj.openlibhums.org/ following the conference, as will all articles from the previous TRAC Proceedings volumes (1991-2014), which have now been migrated to the platform. This journal serves as a publication venue for innovative and interdisciplinary research in the field of Roman Archaeology and we welcome contributions from all delegates at this year’s RAC/TRAC conference, as long as they possess a strong theoretical element. The local organizing committees will circulate a call for papers for the 2019 volume shortly after the conference’s conclusion. In addition, the Standing Committee is delighted to announce the release of the next offering...
  4. Notice on RAC/TRAC 2018 registration

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    A note for anyone who has registered for RAC/TRAC 2018 today. The University of Edinburgh payment system has had a minor fault and removed early bird fees too early. Any person who registers today will be refunded the difference of their fee price. We are working to fix the issue as soon as possible. Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused. Best wishes, The RAC/TRAC 2018 local organising committees
  5. Material Approaches to Roman Magic – Pre-order now!

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    The TRAC Standing Committee is very pleased to announce the release of the second volume in the thematic series TRAC Themes in Roman Archaeology (published by Oxbow Books), titled Material Approaches to Roman Magic: Occult Objects and Supernatural Substances (edited by Adam Parker and Stuart Mckie). The volume is available to pre-order from Oxbow Books at a special price and will be on sale at RAC/TRAC 2018 in Edinburgh. This volume seeks to push the research agendas of materiality and lived experience further into the study of Roman magic, a field that has, until recently, lacked object-focused analysis. Building on the pioneering studies in Boschung and Bremmer’s (2015) Materiality of Magic, the editors of the present volume have collected contributions that showcase the value of richly-detailed, context-specific explorations of the magical practices of the Roman world. By concentrating primarily on the Imperial period and...
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