School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Roman Archaeology Conference 2018

The Roman Archaeology Conference (RAC) is the premier international conference devoted to Roman archaeology. It is organised by the Roman Society every two years. Edinburgh is proud to host RAC in 2018 when it will take place on the 12-14 April, with excursions scheduled for the 15th (please note the change of date compared to the Call for Sessions). In 2018, RAC will be hosted with TRAC.

Following the earlier Call for Sessions, the RAC 2018 Organising Committee has selected 18 sessions 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. We encourage paper proposers to contact session organizers to discuss their planned paper but all proposals have to submitted to the rac2018@ed.ac.uk e-mail address. The final decision about which papers are accepted will be made by the session organizers in discussion with the RAC 2018 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 (not more than 300 words)

Please note that the official conference languages are English, French, German

The final session line-up is listed below. Abstracts for each session and contact details of session organizers can be downloaded at www.romansocietyrac.ac.uk

The deadline for the submission of paper proposals is Friday 8 September 2017

Submissions should sent by email to the RAC 2018 Organising Committee: rac2018@ed.ac.uk 

Confirmed sessions:

1A – Projecting Roman Power? Monumentality in Roman Frontier Installations (David J Breeze & Erik Graafstal)

1B – Shopping and the Roman City (Mary Harlow & Ray Laurence)

1C – Reuse and Transformation of Space in the Late Antique ‘Latin West’ (Cristina Murer, Tim Penn & Christoph Rummel)

2A – A Clash of Cultures? Encounters between Rome, its Inhabitants and its Neighbours through Material Evidence (Ghislaine van der Ploeg, Leah Reynolds, Richard Hobbs & Will Wootton)

2B – Plants, Animals and Identity (Maaike Groot, Lauren Bellis, Sabine Deschler-Erb & Örni Akeret)

2C – Water and Urbanism: The Evolving Infrastructure of Rome’s Eternal Cities (Jim Crow, Duncan Keenan-Jones & Gül Sürmelihindi)

3A – Recent Work and the Challenging of Perceptions of Roman Britain: The Archaeology of Occupation and Collaboration (Tony Wilmott & Pete Wilson)

3B – Isotopic Studies in Roman Archaeology: Patterns of Commonality and Eccentricities (Ricardo Fernandes & Kevin Salesse)

3C – Ancient Consciousness of Connectivity in the Roman World (Erica Rowan & Christopher Siwicki)

4A – Cities in Transition: Urban Space in Asia Minor in the 3rd and 4th Centuries AD (Jim Crow & Ben Russell)

4B – Studying instrumenta scriptoria: The Social Value of Writing Equipment (Alex Mullen)

4C – ‘War and Peace’! Roman Coin Hoards in Archaeological Context – From Daily Life Episodes to Group Tragedies (Cristian Gazdac) 

5A – From Plans to Processes: A New Look at the Cities of Roman North Africa (Gabriella Carpentiero & Andrew Dufton)

5B – The Comparative Archaeology of the Roman Conquest: New Research in Gaul, Germania and Iberia (Nico Roymans, Manuel Fernandez-Götz & Ángel Morillo)

5C – The Mediterranean Countryside in Late Antiquity (AD 300-600) (Angelo Castrorao Barba & Lucy Grig)

6A – Rome and the Partho-Sasanian East: 700 Years of Neighbourhood and Rivalry (Eberhard Sauer)

6B – Words and Pictures: Reading Verbal and Visual Messages from Sanctuaries in the Roman West (Thomas Schattner, Ton Derks & David Wigg-Wolf)

6C – New Archaeological Perspectives on Imperial Properties in Roman Italy (Maureen Carroll)

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.

RAC 2018 Organising Committee: 

  • Professor Jim Crow (Archaeology) - Profile
  • Dr Ben Russell (Classics) - Profile
  • Dr Manuel Fernandez-Götz (Archaeology) - Profile
  • Dr Fraser Hunter (National Museum of Scotland)
  • Dr Rebecca Jones (Historic Environment Scotland)
  • Dr Joanne Rowland (Archaeology) - Profile
  • Professor Eberhard Sauer (Classics) - Profile
  • Dr Andrew Birley (Representative from the Roman Society Archaeology Committee)
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Roman Archaeology Conference 2018

The next Roman Archaeology Conference will be hosted by the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, 12-14 April 2018, the first time that RAC has been held in Edinburgh. 

School of History, Classics and Archaeology, William Robertson Wing, Doorway 4, Teviot Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9AG