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 the initial conferences, TRAC continues to organize an annual conference and to produce a publication of selected Proceedings within 12 months. Individual conferences are primarily organized by a Local Organizing Committee with the support of the TRAC Standing Committee and a number of sponsoring organizations. Since the mid-1990s, TRAC has been held – in alternate years – alongside the Roman Archaeology Conference (RAC) organized by the Archaeology Committee of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies (aka “the Roman Society”).

Recent Site Updates

  1. TRAC 2016: Proceedings of the Twenty-Sixth Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference

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    We are pleased to announce the publication of TRAC 2016: Proceedings of the Twenty-Sixth Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference, Sapienza University of Rome, 16th-19th March 2016, edited by Roberta Cascino, Francesco De Stefano, Antonella Lepone and Chiara Maria Marchetti. The volume contains 11 papers resulting from TRAC Rome, with subjects including funerary portrait reliefs from Palmyra, place and identity in the Upper Durius Valley, and Venus in Pompeian domestic space. The full table of contents can be viewed here. The volume is published by Edizioni Quasar and is available to order for €  30,00  here. If you prefer a more analogue ordering system, please contact us and we can send you a PDF order form. The TRAC 2016 Proceedings will also be available to purchase at TRAC 2017 in Durham, with a 10% discount. Congratulations to the editorial committee and the authors.
  2. Standing Committee Elections at the TRAC 2017 AGM

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    In accordance with the TRAC Constitution the TRAC Standing Committee is advertising two positions on the Standing Committee open for election at the TRAC AGM, which will take place at the annual conference in Durham on March 31st, 2017 in the Arnold Wolfendale Lecture Theatre at 12:20 pm. One of the open positions is due to the expiration of a pre-existing Standing Committee member’s term (as Lisa Lodwick’s initial three year term elapses – elected in 2014 at Reading), while the other is a new position created in response to TRAC’s recent and ongoing growth. We welcome candidates of any nationality and at any stage in their academic career that are interested in contributing to the development of TRAC as an institution and the advancement of theoretical approaches within the field of Roman Archaeology. If you are interested in running...
  3. Constitutional Amendments Proposed for the TRAC 2017 AGM

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    The following amendments to the TRAC Constitution are proposed by the TRAC Standing Committee and will be voted on at the AGM to be held at the annual conference in Durham on March 31st, 2017 in the Arnold Wolfendale Lecture Theatre at 12:20 pm. Many of these amendments are in response to changes in TRAC’s publication strategy and the growth of TRAC as an institution. Anyone who wishes to vote on these amendments must attend the AGM; however, please read all constitutional amendments prior to voting at the AGM. The following amendments will also be provided in the conference packs at TRAC 2017 for further reference. Additions are indicated by bold text and deletions by strike throughs.   3.STRUCTURE 3 – Current: LOCAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE(S) – who bear primary responsibility for the organisation, planning, and management of TRAC’s annual conference(s), and subsequent Proceedings publication,...
  4. ‘Romans’ and ‘Barbarians’ Beyond the Frontiers

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    The TRAC Standing Committee is very pleased to announce the release of the first volume in the new thematic series TRAC Themes in Roman Archaeology (published by Oxbow Books), titled ‘Romans’ and ‘Barbarians’ Beyond the Frontiers: Archaeology, Ideology & Identities in the North (edited by Sergio Gonzalez Sanchez and Alexandra Guglielmi). The volume is available to pre-order from Oxbow Books and will be on sale at TRAC 2017 in Durham. This thematic volume brings together a group of renowned international experts to discuss different aspects of interactions between ‘Romans’ and ‘barbarians’ in the North-western regions of Europe. The content of the volume was derived from two sessions held at TRAC 2013 (London) and TRAC 2014 (Reading) on the overarching topic of ‘Roman’-‘barbarian’ interaction beyond the northern frontiers of the Roman Empire. The volume contains papers from both TRAC sessions as well as...
  5. TRAC 2017 Call for Papers

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    We are excited to announce that the Call for Papers for the 27th Annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference is now open and will close on the 18th of November. For additional information on submitting a paper or poster abstract or becoming a workshop contributor, please see the TRAC 2017 Call for Papers.
TRAC is the organisation behind the annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference, TRAC Workshops, TRAC Proceedings (1991-2016), and the TRAC Themes in Roman Archaeology series. This site is maintained by the TRAC Standing Committee. Contact us for further details or inquiries.

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