TRAC 2018

The 28th Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference

Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, UK  Thursday 12th – Saturday 14th of April.

View of the town from Calton Hill

The School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh is pleased to host the 2018 Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference. The conference will run alongside the Roman Archaeology Conference (RAC) and it will take place from Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th of April. 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 University of Edinburgh has a long tradition of study of the Classical world, from the University’s foundation in 1582 to the vibrant School of History, Classics and Archaeology today. Roman archaeology is a particular strength of the School, and staff from Classics and Archaeology work closely together in this field. Edinburgh now boasts one of the largest concentrations of Roman archaeologists and historians in the UK. Furthermore, the School supports a growing and active number of PhD students working on Roman and Late Antique archaeological research with projects spreading from material culture to architecture and landscape archaeology. Additionally, we are fortunate to enjoy close contacts with colleagues from Historic Environment Scotland and the National Museum of Scotland, and we are grateful to them for their assistance in the organization of RAC/TRAC 2018.

Edinburgh Castle from Princes Street Gardens

The conference will take place in the Appleton Tower on the Central University Campus which is located in the heart of Edinburgh, 5 minutes walk from the Royal Mile and 10 minutes walk from Waverley Station.

On the first day our 2018 RAC/TRAC conference, Dr. Elizabeth Fentress will give our plenary lecture at Appleton Tower, Thursday April 12th at 6.30pm, followed by a drinks reception in the beautiful National Museum of Scotland.

In the evening of Friday the 13th we will be hosting the famous TRAC party at Potterrow. This year the party will be a traditional Scottish ceilidh dance with a live ceilidh band and bar facilities.

In addition to the diverse array of sessions presented at the conference, you may enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Edinburgh’s city centre and a field trip on Sunday the 15th of April to the Antonine Wall led by Professor David Breeze and Dr. Rebecca Jones of Historic Environment Scotland. A coach will pick up attendees at Appleton Tower and take them on a tour of the highlights of the Antonine Wall, followed by a two-course lunch and a visit to the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow. This trip will be £25 additional. Spaces on the trip are limited so book early!




Registration is now open! The online registration will be open till the 8th of April. Register here: Registration


If you need to register after the 8th of April please mail the organizers at


Sheppard Frere Prize

The RAC and TRAC 2018 organising committees and the Archaeology Committee of the Roman Society are also pleased to announce that the winner of the best and most innovative student poster at RAC/TRAC 2018 will be awarded the Sheppard Frere Prize. This prestigious and generous prize includes a year’s free membership to the Roman Society, a £100 cheque and a book voucher worth £50.


Confirmed speakers:

There are 30 sessions, over 200 presentations and 56 posters confirmed for RAC/TRAC 2018. A full programme can be downloaded below together with the schedule of the conference:

Book of Abstracts

RAC-TRAC Schedule

The key information about the conference can be found here:



Please note: This is a participative conference where more than half the delegates are speaking, so all delegates are expected to pay the conference fee. This helps keep the fees as low as possible and also maximises participation and engagement.


More information on the School can be found here:


You can find the slides of today workshop on copyright and licenses


For details of places to visit and accommodation in Edinburgh see:


Any questions can be directed to the Organizing Committee at (


We are looking forward to welcoming you to Edinburgh.


TRAC 2018 Local Organizing Committee:

  • Lucia Michielin (Classics)
  • David Rose (Classics)
  • Carlos Cáceres Puerto (Archaeology)
  • Martina Astolfi (Classics)
  • Kathleen O’Donnell (Classics)

RAC 2018 Organising Committee: 

  • Professor Jim Crow (Archaeology)
  • Dr Ben Russell (Classics)
  • Dr Manuel Fernandez-Götz (Archaeology)
  • Dr Fraser Hunter (National Museum of Scotland)
  • Dr Rebecca Jones (Historic Environment Scotland)
  • Dr Joanne Rowland (Archaeology)
  • Professor Eberhard Sauer (Classics)
  • Dr Andrew Birley (Representative from the Roman Society Archaeology Committee)
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