School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference 2018

The Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference is an annual conference, running since 1991, which aims to promote the role and discussion of theory in Roman archaeology and provide a forum for debate and discussion amongst senior academics and professionals, young scholars, students and the wider archaeological community (more information about that can be found on the TRAC website (

This year the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (TRAC) conference will run in conjunction with the Roman Archaeology Conference (RAC) and it will take place Thursday 12 April-Saturday 14 of April (please note the change of dates from the previous RAC announcement). A plenary lecture will take place on the evening of the 12 April and the conference will be followed by an excursion to the Antonine Wall on the 15 April.

The TRAC 2018 Call for Sessions is now open, and will close on the 30 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.

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.
  • We are also accepting applications for lightning rounds and workshops.
  • Session proposer should consider incorporating a chair or discussant in order to facilitate debate.

Those wishing to organize a session for TRAC 2018 should fill in one of the attached templates.


NB The maximum number of suggested speakers is three and they would still have to apply through the subsequent call for papers.

All proposals, and any questions, should be sent by email to the local TRAC organising committee at


TRAC 2018 Local Organizing Committee:

Lucia Michielin (Classics)

David Rose (Classics)

Carlos Cáceres Puerto (Archaeology)

Martina Astolfi (Classics)

Kathleen O’Donnell (Classics)


Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference 2018

The 28th Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference will take place in Edinburgh, alongside the Roman Archaeology Conference 2018. (Published 8 May, 2017)

Appleton Tower, 11 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9LE