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 vol. 4 Call for Papers (deadline extended)

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    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) via our online system. We have extended the submission deadline for volume 4 to November 30th 2020. If you would like to contact us about publishing your article in TRAJ please email journal@trac.org.uk
  2. Call for Papers: New TRAC Webinar Series

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    TRAC (Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference) is excited to announce that we will be running a webinar series on Tuesday evenings (time TBA) beginning in November. To submit a paper, please email a 300 word abstract as an attachment to admin@trac.org.uk by October 2nd 2020. Proposals that engage with theoretical topics within Roman archaeology are welcome from researchers at all levels, including students, early-career researchers, practitioners, and academics. The full program of seminars will be announced at the beginning of November. All presentations will take place over Zoom and will be archived on Youtube.
  3. TRAJ vol. 4 – Call for Papers

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    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...
  4. RAC/TRAC Organising Committee Statement 13.3.2020

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    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...
  5. RAC/TRAC 2020 Update

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    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.
TRAC is the organisation behind the annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference, TRAC Workshops, TRAC Proceedings (1991-2016), the TRAC Themes in Roman Archaeology book series, and the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal (TRAJ). This site is maintained by the TRAC Standing Committee. Contact us for further details or inquiries.

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