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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 its initial success, TRAC continues to organise annual conferences and workshops in addition to producing publications in the form of a themed series – TRAC Themes in Roman Archaeoolgy – and an open-access journal – The Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal (TRAJ). Individual conferences are primarily organised by a Local Organising Committee with the support of the TRAC Standing Committee and a number of sponsoring organisations. Since the mid-1990s, TRAC has been held—in alternate years—alongside the Roman Archaeology Conference (RAC) organised by the Archaeology Committee of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies (aka ‘The Roman Society’).

Recent Site Updates

  1. TRAC 2019 Call for Papers and Posters

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    The Call for Papers and Posters for TRAC 2019 is now open and will close on December 2nd. TRAC 2019 will be held at the University of Kent in Canterbury on 11th – 14th of April. There will be a wide variety of sessions on offer (see below) as well as several workshops (TBC). Paper submissions for TRAC sessions should include: The speaker’s name and title Institution Contact email An abstract of 200 – 250 words Please indicate which session you wish to contribute to, or if you are submitting for the general session. If the session is oversubscribed, submitted papers will also be considered for the general session. Below is the list of accepted sessions and organisers. Paper proposers will be informed of the session organiser’s decision once they are made. All submissions should be sent by email to...
  2. TRACamp Success

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    TRACamp was held at the Roman fort of Vindolanda on Roman Britain’s northern frontier on September 22nd and 23rd, 2018. This two-day TRAC Workshop aimed to promote the use of experimental archaeology for the development of theoretical approaches within the field of Roman archaeology. In total, 38 delegates attended the workshop including established academics, early career researchers, PhD students, amateur enthusiasts, and skilled professionals. The first day of the workshop was devoted to the presentation of academic papers (in a single session format) that discussed the use of archaeological experiments and the value of their impact on theoretical frameworks within Roman studies. On the second day delegates and the general public observed and took part in demonstrations and hands-on experiments carried out on the site. These included watching the firing of ceramics in a replica Roman kiln, examining and trying on replica Roman clothing, tasting...
  3. TRAC 2019 Call for Sessions

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     We are pleased to announce that the TRAC 2019 Call for Sessions is now open! Proposals are now invited for TRAC conference sessions: Each session is 3 hours and split into two 1 hour 30 minute slots. There should be a maximum of 6 papers, but a minimum of 4. If there are 4 or 5 papers in a session then remaining time will be given over to general discussion. Presenters’ slots are set at 30 minutes. We advise 20 minutes for speaking and between 5-10 for questions. The conference will run three regular parallel sessions alongside an ‘unconference’ session based on informal discussion groups. If you would like to propose a topic for one of the unconference sessions, please specify this in your proposal. We welcome ideas for sessions outside the traditional presentation format, including workshops focused on particular...
  4. TRACamp CFP Deadline Extended

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    The deadline for abstracts and demonstration proposals has been extended until July 23rd, 2018. Please submit abstracts to admin@trac.org.uk using the template provided. For more information on the event and the session topics click here: http://trac.org.uk/tracamp-2018/ Multiple bursaries are available to cover travel and accommodation costs courtesy of the Council for British Archaeology (Mick Aston Fund) and the Vindolanda Trust. Click here to apply: http://trac.org.uk/annual-conference-bursary-applications/ Registration is now open: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tracamp-putting-theory-into-pr… Ticket includes access to the museum and archaeological site of Vindolanda, lunch (both days), and dinner Saturday night. We look forward to seeing you there!
  5. TRAC 2019 at the University of Kent, Canterbury

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    The Department of Classical and Archaeological Studies at the University of Kent, Canterbury, is pleased to announce TRAC 2019 will take place from Thursday 11th April until Sunday 14th April. The plenary lecture will be on the evening of the 11th, followed by two days of three conference sessions running in parallel, as well as an ‘un-conference’ session. On the Sunday 14th, delegates will have the choice of excursions to the Saxon Shore Forts of Reculver or Richborough, as well the Painted House in Dover. Call for sessions, and details regarding on-campus accommodation, will be released early next month. For any questions, please contact: trac2019@kent.ac.uk Situated on a hill overlooking the historic town of Canterbury, which contains its own Roman Museum, the Department of Classical and Archaeological Studies is dynamic and diverse. Research in the department spans from the European...
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