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.

Following the earlier Call for Sessions, the TRAC 2018 Local Organising Committee has selected 11 sessions and 2 workshops for the final conference. Each of these sessions will consist of 6 papers and we are now inviting paper proposals to fill these sessions. Papers will be assigned a 30-minute slot and it is recommended that speakers should not talk for more than 20 minutes to allow time for questions.

The Call for Paper is now Open. We encourage applicants to contact session organisers to discuss their planned paper but all proposals have to be submitted to the e-mail address. The final decision about which papers are accepted will be made by the session organizers in discussion with the TRAC 2018 Local Organising Committee.

Paper proposals should include the following information:

  • Title of the session for which the paper should be considered
  • Title of the paper
  • Name, affiliation, postal address and email of the proposer(s)
  • A short abstract of the paper (no more than 300 words)

The final session line-up is listed below. Abstracts for each session and contact details of session organizers can be downloaded here: Session Abstracts TRAC 2018 

The preliminary Conference Schedule can be found here: TRAC 2018 Schedule

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:

The Call for Papers form can be downloaded here:

TRAC2018 call for paper template PDF

TRAC2018 call for paper template DOC


Confirmed sessions:

1D – Defining Viridia: New Perspectives on Roman Gardens and Designed Landscapes (Kathryn Gleason, Sarah Gilboa Karni, Rona Shani Evyasaf, Samuli Simelius)

1E and 2E (Double Session) – Formal Approaches to Complexity in Roman Archaeology: Exploring Complex Systems and Understanding Change (Tom Brughmans, John W. Hanson, Matthew J. Mandich, Iza Romanowska, Xavier Rubio-Campillo)

2D – 1st General Session

3D – Quantifying Public Construction: Figure Labour, Territory exploitation and Cost of production (Christopher Courault)

3E – Beyond Adoption, Imitation, Hybridization: Representation and Visuality within and beyond the Roman Frontiers (Peter S. Wells)

4D – Remembering and Social Memory in the Roman West (Ralph Häussler, Günther Schörner, Thomas Schierl)

4E – Boundaries, Borders, and Frontiers: Modern Methods and Frameworks for Ancient Phenomena (Rory Nutter, Meg Moodie, Rob Collins, Kai Radloff)

5D – Workshops:

  • The Praxis of (Roman) Archaeology: Alienation and Redemption (Jake Weekes and Andrew Gardner)
  • A Place for an Experiment in Roman Studies (Tatiana Ivleva)

5E – 2nd General Session

6D – Crafts: Everyday technologies in the ancient world (Adam Sutton and Owen Humphreys)

6E – Egypt on the Move: New Meanings of Space and Place in Local Contexts (Stephanie Pearson and Lindsey A. Mazurek)


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:

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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