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. Bursaries for TRAC 2018 Now Available

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    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.
  2. Full List of Speakers for RAC/TRAC 2018 Announced

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    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!
  3. RAC/TRAC Call for Posters and Sheppard Frere Prize

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    The RAC and TRAC local organising committees are delighted to open the Call for Posters for RAC/TRAC 2018. Posters are invited on any aspect of Roman archaeology and theoretical Roman archaeology.  We are also pleased to announce that a prize (Sheppard Frere Prize) will be awarded to the best and most innovative student poster at RAC/TRAC 2018. The deadline for the submission of the abstracts (300 words) is the 15th of December 2017.  For more detailed instructions on the call for posters and the Sheppard Frere Prize please visit the TRAC 2018 main page or the University of Edinburgh Department of History, Classics & Archaeology.
  4. RAC/TRAC 2018 Registration Opened

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    The organisers of RAC/TRAC 2018 are excited to announce that registration is now open for our conference at the University of Edinburgh from the 12th – 14th of April, 2018. A full list of sessions is available to view on the website now, and a list of papers will be coming shortly. Early-bird conference fees will be £90 waged and £60 student/unwaged, the registration form can be found here: Registration   To open the conference Dr Elizabeth Fentress will give the plenary lecture in Appleton Tower on Thursday the 12th of April at 6:30pm, followed by a drinks reception in the National Museum of Scotland. In the evening on Friday the 13th we will be hosting the famous TRAC party at Potterrow at the University of Edinburgh. This year the party will be a traditional Scottish ceilidh dance with a...
  5. Call for Papers: 1 Week Deadline Reminder

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    We have had many exciting proposals so far for TRAC 2018 but we are still looking for more to fill our schedule. This is a reminder that there is one week left until our deadline. The deadline for the submission of paper proposals is Friday 6th of October 2017. Submissions should be sent by email to the TRAC 2018 Local Organising Committee: hca-trac2018@ed.ac.uk. A full list of sessions, and a link to the submission form can be found here http://trac.org.uk/events/conferences/trac-2018/. We look forward to hearing from you,   TRAC Local Organising Committee  
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