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 Plenary Lecture

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    As many will have seen in the programme, the TRAC 2019 Plenary Lecture ‘De-colonising Roman Archaeology’ will be given by Dr Zena Kamash (Royal Holloway). Zena has worked on a wide range of themes in Roman archaeology, including memory, water technologies, and religion (including as assistant director of the The Vale and Ridgeway Project). More recently, Zena has focused on how archaeology is presented to the public, particularly concerning post-conflict reconstruction in the Middle East, and this will be the subject of her lecture: “What does it mean to ‘decolonise’ Roman archaeology? Can we? Should we? In this plenary lecture, I will explore these questions looking back to the history of Roman archaeology, as well as looking at our present and potential futures. With a particular focus on the Middle East, I will look at the biases and silencing of voices...
  2. TRAC 2019 Programme with Abstracts

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    The preliminary programme for TRAC 2019, including abstracts for sessions, papers, and workshops, is now available here. We will be continuing to update the programme in the coming weeks with additional information. It is an exciting and diverse programme of speakers and we look forward to welcoming you to Canterbury in April! Additionally, don’t forget the Call for Posters will remain open until Friday 15th March. To submit an abstract (200-250 words) for a poster, email it with your name and institution to TRAC2019@kent.ac.uk. We will be accepting both hardcopy and digital posters. Hardcopy posters will be displayed in the atrium outside the sessions. Digital posters will be on a rolling display on a projector, which can take one of two formats: A 5-minute video presentation about your research. A 5-minute automated PowerPoint presentation.
  3. TRAC 2019 Programme, Canterbury Information Pack, and Accommodation

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    The programme for sessions and activities at TRAC 2019 is now available for download here, with the full list of papers to be posted in early February. You can also download an information pack about Canterbury, including transport links, facilities, and general orientation here. Additionally, you can now book campus accommodation (en-suite rooms with breakfast included) via the conference registration page. For further details on this accommodation, see here (please note you cannot use the college website to book for TRAC accommodation). If you have any further questions, please contact the local organising committee at trac2019@kent.ac.uk
  4. TRAC 2019 Early-Bird Ticket Extension and Call for Posters

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    TRAC 2019 is now taking shape, with further information about the programme and on-site accommodation to be released early next week! In the meantime, here is a quick update on Early-Bird tickets and the Call for Posters: Tickets: Due to problems with the booking system, we have now extended the deadline to purchase Early-Bird tickets to Monday the 28th January. Tickets can be booked here. Posters: The call for posters has been reopened and will run until Friday 15th March. To submit an abstract (200-250 words) for a poster, email it along with your name and institution to TRAC2019@kent.ac.uk. We will be accepting both hardcopy and digital posters. Hardcopy posters will be displayed in the atrium outside the sessions. Digital posters will be on a rolling display on a projector, which can take one of two formats: A 5-minute video presentation...
  5. Registration for TRAC 2019 Now Open

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    The organisers of TRAC 2019 are excited to announce that registration is now open for our conference at the University of Kent, Canterbury, from the 11th – 14th of April 2019. A full list of sessions, along with the call for papers and posters, is available to view on the website now. Early-bird conference fees will be £45 student/unwaged and £55 waged. There are also day tickets for the Friday and Saturday priced at £25 student/unwaged and £30 waged (prices will increase on January 14th 2019). Click here to register now!  To open the conference, Dr Zena Kamash (Royal Holloway) will give the plenary lecture “Decolonising Roman Archaeology” in the Colyer/Ferguson Lecture Theatre on Thursday the 11th of April at 6:45pm, followed by a drinks reception. In the evening on Saturday 13th, we will be hosting a dinner and the famous TRAC party at in...
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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