TRAC 2018

The 28th Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference

Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, UK  Thursday 12th and 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 (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 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.

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 of current theory and practice in Roman archaeology and scholarship. Some session themes we are brainstorming include: frontiers, peripheries, Roman Scotland, Late Antiquity, built environments, cultural heritage, and theoretical approaches to new technologies. Sessions inside and outside these themes are welcomed.

Please consider:

  • A TRAC session should consist of 6 papers, to be delivered over 3 hours.
  • Papers may last no longer than 20 minutes, in order to allow enough time for discussion.
  • All papers must be presented in English.
  • Session organisers should consider incorporating a chair or discussant in order to facilitate debate.
  • We are also accepting applications for lightning rounds and workshops.

Those wishing to organize a session for TRAC 2018 should fill out the attached template.

N.b. You may suggest up to 3 speakers (out of the total of 6) for your session. If your session is selected, these suggested speakers will still need to apply through the subsequent call for papers.



All proposals should be sent by email to the local TRAC organising committee at


More information on the School can be found here:

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)
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