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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. TRAJ Volume 1 (2018) – Deadline for Submissions Announced

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    TRAJ is a new open access journal that 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 datasets, rather than solely the presentation of archaeological data. To publish in the first volume of TRAJ, please submit an expression of interest and an article abstract of no more than 500 words by Friday June 16th 2017. We will inform authors whether a full manuscript is requested by Friday 23rd June. The deadline for manuscript submission for selected papers will be Friday September 1st 2017. Papers will be selected for the journal on the basis of a double-blind peer review process. Reviewers are primarily drawn from the TRAJ advisory committee; however, other subject specialists will also be called upon to review submitted...
  2. Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal Announcement

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    Press Release from the Open Library of Humanities: We are really pleased to announce that in Summer 2017 the Open Library of Humanities (OLH) will be publishing the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal (TRAJ). Formerly an annual conference proceedings volume published primarily by Oxbow Books (a leading publisher within the fields of archaeology and ancient history), the journal developed out of the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (TRAC), which has been running annually since 1991. As part of this move, we will be making 22 years of the journal’s published catalogue openly available on the OLH platform.   TRAJ is an innovative journal that promotes the use of new theoretical approaches to the Roman past, facilitating fresh interpretations of datasets rather than solely the presentation of archaeological data (as commonly deployed in archaeology scholarship). The publication will build on this strong foundation to...
  3. RAC/TRAC 2018 at Edinburgh: Conference Announcement and Call for Sessions

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    The School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh is pleased to host the 2018 Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference. This year the conference will run in conjunction with the Roman Archaeology Conference (RAC) and it will take place from Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th of April (please note the change of dates from the previous RAC announcement). A plenary lecture will take place on the evening of the 12th and the conference will be followed by an excursion to the Antonine Wall on the 15th. The TRAC 2018 Call for Sessions is now open, and will close on the 30th of June 2017. Applicants will be contacted by email with the results of their proposal by the end of July and a Call for Papers will follow in August 2017. We invite all submissions that critically engage with aspects...
  4. Call for contributions: TRAC Lightning Round @ Roman Society day-conference: Retrospect and Prospect

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    Retrospect and Prospect: 50 years of Britannia and the state of Romano-British archaeology Saturday, 4th November 2017, 10.00 – 18.00; Senate House, University of London, Room G22/26 As part of the forthcoming Roman Society Day Conference, the organisers aim to hold a TRAC lightning-round style mini-session of short presentations on the latest ongoing research. We would therefore like to invite proposals for *5-minute* presentations, highlighting the contribution your research makes to our understanding of Roman Britain. We are looking for eight or nine succinct and exciting contributions. Please contact Andrew Gardner (andrew.gardner@ucl.ac.uk) or Hella Eckardt (h.eckardt@reading.ac.uk) with a proposed title by 31st May 2017.
  5. TRAC 2017 AGM Announcements

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    The Annual General Meeting of TRAC was held on Friday 31st March at Durham University. The minutes of the 2016 AGM in Rome were presented, and updates were provided by Matthew Mandich on the TRAC Themes in Roman Archaeology series and the 2016 TRAC proceedings. Lisa Lodwick outlined the plan for the future direction of the annual publication, and Sergio Gonzalez Sanchez presented the TRAC finances. The amendments to the TRAC constitution were passed, with some minor amendments. The amended constitution will be posted to the website shortly. Four delegates stood for election on to the TRAC Standing Committee (Carlos Cáceres Puerto, Lee A. Grana, Lisa Lodwick, Francesca Mazzilli). After a close election, Lisa Lodwick and Francesca Mazzilli were elected. Lucia Michielin and Carlos Cáceres Puerto presented a successful bid to host the next Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference. The University of Edinburgh will...
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