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Welcome to the TRAC website, home of the celebrated annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference, TRAC publications, and additional events.

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 Webinar Keynote Lecture 2022

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    We would like to invite you to the TRAC 2021-22 Webinar Keynote Lecture on Tuesday, 24th May at 5 pm BST. Marko A. Janković (University of Belgrade) will speak about Pagans, Christians or just plain old Romans? Religious identities in the Late Roman Period – The Case Study of Remesiana (Dacia Mediterranea). Registration is open via Eventbrite.
  2. TRAC Workshops are back!

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    After a successful TRAC in Split, which reminded us all why it is so important for our community to come together and engage in vibrant discussions, we are delighted to announce that we will continue with our series of TRAC Workshops. On Wednesday, 29th June 2022, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm BST we will discuss Ethical Challenges in Roman Archaeology. The workshop has been organised by Lacey Giles, Zena Kamash, Francesca Mazzilli, and Dies van der Linde. Speakers include Andrew Gardner (UCL) and Sadie Watson (MOLA). The full programme can be downloaded here and registration takes place via Eventbrite.
  3. Volunteers needed for the TRAC Standing Committee

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    Elections will be held at this year’s AGM at RAC/TRAC in Split (Friday 8 April @ 13:00–14:00). TRAC SC members are elected for a term of three years, and each member may hold their position for up to two terms. All candidates must be able to commit to an estimated equivalent of one month part-time work, which will be spread throughout the year. Candidates must be able to attend the yearly TRAC and RAC/TRAC conference and attend online Standing Committee meetings held four times throughout the year. Re-election at the AGM: Provided there are no contesting applicants, the following current Standing Committee members will be standing for re-election: Vice-Chair (Dr Blanka Misic) Treasurer (Dr Sarah Scoppie) Available Positions for Election at the AGM: The following positions are available for election:   Chair (Standing Committee Position): The tasks of this position...
  4. The RAC-TRAC 2022 Programme is online

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    Can’t wait to get into conference planning? Looking forward to exploring Split during a busy conference schedule? Wait no longer! The RAC-TRAC 2022 Conference programme is online, and you can find it here! N.B. this programme shows the date, time and location of sessions. Times and locations will not change. However, it has not yet been updated to remove sessions which have been cancalled or speakers who have withdrawn. If you have already emailed to withdraw your paper or session, then there is no need to email again. This programme will be updated  again by the end of this week.
  5. New COVID-19 Hardship Bursaries

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    +++ Extension to the COVID-19 Hardship Bursary Scheme until 18th March 2022 +++ Following the TRAC 2020 Bursary Scheme and both The Roman Society and the Barbican Research Associates agreeing to retain bursaries awarded in 2020, The Roman Society has kindly offered to provide the same amount of funds for 2021 and 2022. Therefore, we are in the position to offer a scheme of COVID-19 hardship bursaries. We understand that many of the members of the TRAC community have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The financial impact due to jobs being lost and temporary contracts not extended has been severe, in particular, for PhD students and ECRs as well as independent scholars. Therefore, we are very grateful to the Roman Society to provide us with the opportunity to help towards your conference costs. If you feel that COVID-19 has...
TRAC is the organisation behind the annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference, TRAC Workshops, TRAC Proceedings (1991-2016), the TRAC Themes in Roman Archaeology book series, and the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal (TRAJ). This site is maintained by the TRAC Standing Committee. Contact us for further details or inquiries.

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