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. TRAC 2019 Call for Sessions

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     We are pleased to announce that the TRAC 2019 Call for Sessions is now open! Proposals are now invited for TRAC conference sessions: Each session is 3 hours and split into two 1 hour 30 minute slots. There should be a maximum of 6 papers, but a minimum of 4. If there are 4 or 5 papers in a session then remaining time will be given over to general discussion. Presenters slots are set at 30 minutes. We advise 20 minutes for speaking and between 5-10 for questions. The conference will run three regular parallel session alongside an unconference of more informal discussion groups. If you would like to propose a topic for one of the unconference sessions, please specify this in your proposal. We welcome ideas for sessions outside the traditional presentation format including workshops focused on particular themes...
  2. TRACamp CFP Deadline Extended

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    The deadline for abstracts and demonstration proposals has been extended until July 23rd, 2018. Please submit abstracts to admin@trac.org.uk using the template provided. For more information on the event and the session topics click here: http://trac.org.uk/tracamp-2018/ Multiple bursaries are available to cover travel and accommodation costs courtesy of the Council for British Archaeology (Mick Aston Fund) and the Vindolanda Trust. Click here to apply: http://trac.org.uk/annual-conference-bursary-applications/ Registration is now open: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tracamp-putting-theory-into-pr… Ticket includes access to the museum and archaeological site of Vindolanda, lunch (both days), and dinner Saturday night. We look forward to seeing you there!
  3. TRAC 2019 at the University of Kent, Canterbury

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    The Department of Classical and Archaeological Studies at the University of Kent, Canterbury, is pleased to announce TRAC 2019 will take place from Thursday 11th April until Sunday 14th April. The plenary lecture will be on the evening of the 11th, followed by two days of three conference sessions running in parallel, as well as an ‘un-conference’ session. On the Sunday 14th, delegates will have the choice of excursions to the Saxon Shore Forts of Reculver or Richborough, as well the Painted House in Dover. Call for sessions, and details regarding on-campus accommodation, will be released early next month. For any questions, please contact: trac2019@kent.ac.uk Situated on a hill overlooking the historic town of Canterbury, which contains its own Roman Museum, the Department of Classical and Archaeological Studies is dynamic and diverse. Research in the department spans from the European...
  4. TRACamp: An Experimental Archaeology Workshop – CFP Now Open

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    It is our pleasure to announce the Call for Papers for TRACamp. This experimental archaeology workshop will be held at the Roman fort of Vindolanda (Northumberland) September 22-23, 2018. The workshop aims to support ongoing studies in Roman experimental archaeology and to promote the inclusion of experimental projects into the wider field of Roman studies. This event is sponsored by the Council for British Archaeology (Mick Aston Archaeology Fund) and the Vindolanda Trust. This two-day workshop will include paper presentations (single session format), posters, demonstrations, and hands-on experiments. Current sessions include themes in experimental archaeology such as computer reconstructions, structural reproductions, and artefact reproductions for both academic and public education.  Alternative themes are also encouraged for the general session as well as for the posters and demonstrations. The first day of papers will be held in the Headley Centre at...
  5. 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...
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