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
A note for anyone who has registered for RAC/TRAC 2018 today. Our 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, RAC/TRAC 2018 local organising committee
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...
Want to help promote Theoretical Roman Archaeology and contribute to the growing Wikipedia resource? Come join us at the University of Cambridge on Saturday, February 24th 2018 for a full day of Wikipedia editing and tutorials. This is a great opportunity to improve the online presence of the subjects advocated by the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference. For a full description of the event please click here. Only 20 spaces available so register now!
We are pleased to announce that bursaries for RAC/TRAC 2018 are now available. Multiple bursaries have kindly been provided by our sponsors, The Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies and Barbican Research Associates – please click here for further details. In addition to the above bursaries, the TRAC Standing Committee is pleased to offer ‘TRAC Worldwide Participation Bursaries’ for delegates based at non-UK institutions wishing to attend the conference. These bursaries (of £165 each) aim to increase international participation at TRAC by supporting those who are challenged by the higher costs of long distance travel. To apply for a bursary for TRAC 2018 please click here.
There are 30 sessions and over 200 presentations confirmed for RAC/TRAC 2018, which will be hosted by the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh from Thursday 12 to Saturday 14 April, 2018. A full programme can be downloaded here. We look forward to seeing you there!