Archaeology Conferences

Restrospect and Prospect
Sat 4 November 2017 10:00 – 18:00 GMT
Senate House, London

This year’s Roman Society Day Conference will celebrate 50 years of the journal Britannia. The conference will explore the highlights of the last 50 years of Romano-British archaeology, with an emphasis not just on excavation and discovery but also inscriptions and artefacts. Speakers will also consider future research priorities and present current thinking in a range of fields including osteology and zooarchaeology.

 

10.00: Arrival and registration

Morning Session: Retrospect (Chair: Andy Gardner)

10.30-10.40: Hella Eckardt (Reading): Introduction & Britannia in numbers.

10.40-11.10: Martin Millett (Cambridge): Urban highlights.

11.10-11.30: Coffee break

11.30-12.00: Neil Holbrook (Cotswold Archaeology): The Countryside: Past Achievements, Future Challenges.

12.00-12.30: Ian Haynes (Newcastle): Military highlights.

12.30-13.15 Lunch

Afternoon Session: Prospects (Chair: Hella Eckardt)

13.15-14.15: Andy Gardner (UCL) & TRAC committee: Lightning round

14.15-14.45: Ellen Swift (Kent): Material Culture: a design perspective

14.45-15.15: Naomi Sykes (Nottingham): Local and exotic

15.15-15.45 Coffee Break

15.45-16.15: Becky Gowland (Durham): Romano-British bodies

16.15-17.00: David Mattingly (Leicester): Keynote/Closing discussion

17.00 onwards: Reception & Poster viewing

While the event is free, there is a small charge if you would like to have lunch. To book this please contact office@romansociety.org

To book, and for more information click on the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/retrospect-and-prospect-50-years-of-britannia-tickets-34098336041


An Introduction to Archaeological Illustration
4th - 5th March 2017, 9.30am – 4pm each day
Roman Vindolanda – Hedley Centre

This weekend workshop covers aspects and techniques of archaeological illustration under the personal tuition of Mark Hoyle BA(hon);P.G.C.E.;MAAIS; MIfA.

The course will look at general techniques and methods of accurately recording small finds including pottery illustration, metal objects, bone, and leatherwork. There will be a selection of objects from the excavations at Vindolanda to handle and draw over the duration of the course. An archaeological drawing starter pack to use and keep will be provided. Each booking will receive a voucher for a future visit to the award winning Roman Army Museum. Costs include morning and afternoon refreshments and a
voucher for lunch in the Museum Café. 12 places available: Cost £100 per person.

Please contact barbarabirley@vindolanda.com to book your place. (A limited amount of well-appointed ensuite single or double B/B accommodation is available on site – please contact 01434344277 for details).


TRAC 2017
28th - 31st March
Calman Learning Centre, University Science Site, Durham University, Durham

Durham University is hosting the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (TRAC) 2017, one of the biggest gathering of Roman archaeologists and classical scholars in the world. Interdisciplinary and international, Durham TRAC will be bringing together
academics to discuss all aspects of the Roman Empire (and beyond).

Supported by the Departments of Archaeology and Classics at Durham and UNESCO, TRAC will be opened by the Vice Chancellor of The University, Professor Stuart Corbridge with the opening keynote lecture being delivered by Dr Hella Eckardt of Reading
University.

Further information regarding TRAC can be found on the website, along with the published list of sessions, and papers (as and when they are confirmed) at http://trac.org.uk/. For any enquiries with regards to online bookings please contact Event Durham on 0191 334 3904 or email conferenceadministation.service@durham.ac.uk


Hadrian’s Cavalry Exhibition
April to September 2017
Various sites along Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Cavalry Exhibition is a dispersed exhibition taking in 10 of the Museums along Hadrian’s Wall that will bring national, international and private collection loans together for the first time. The exhibition aims to tell the tale of Roman cavalry regiments and their key role in securing the Empire’s frontiers, exhibiting a range of finely decorated objects.

For further information and to sign-up to the mailing list, please visit http://hadrianswallcountry.co.uk/events/hadrians-cavalry-2017.


Instrumentum International Meetings: Vehicles in Antiquity and Middle Ages
13th - 16th June 2017
Arles (F, Bouches-du-Rhône)

The next Instrumentum Meeting will be in Arles, at the Museum of Antiquity, co-organised by the Conseil Départemental des Bouches-du-Rhône and the LabEx Archimède – ASM « Archéologie des Sociétés Méditerranéennes » UMR 5140 (Univ Montpellier 3,
CNRS, MCC) Montpellier, in partnership with the UMR 7299 « Centre Camille Jullian » (Aix Marseille Univ, CNRS, Minist Culture & Com, CCJ) Aix-en-Provence, the CREA-Patrimoine of the « Université Libre de Bruxelles », the « Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée » (Université de Lyon 2, CNRS) and the LAMOP (Laboratoire Médiévistique Occidentale de Paris, UMR 8589, Univ Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne/CNRS).

The theme will be modes of transport in Antiquity et the Middle Ages and will focus in particular on the equipment and maintenance of land, river and sea vehicles. Four multi-period sessions are open:

1) land vehicles drawn by animals (waggons, chariots, carriages);

2) river transport vehicles (boats, canoes and their methods of traction or propulsion);

3) sea going vessels;

4) and, although not strictly adhering to the definition of vehicles, mounted horses.

Papers and posters will be presented on subjects such as objects, studies of transport across a site or region, restorations and experimental results, documentary studies, etc. They will include the component parts of vehicles (metal, wood, leather, basketry), the elements relating to their motion or operation (traction, propulsion, steering), accessories, trimmings and ornaments. Vehicles from occupation sites, maritime or road networks, craft-working sites, wrecks, graves, ports, etc. will be presented. The final program, the registration form for the conference and all information relating to the running of the event will be published in February 2017.

For updates visit http://www.instrumentum-europe.org/1.html.

Download the Conference Programme PDF.


Making practice perfect: approaches to everyday life in Roman archaeology

A TRAC (Theoretical Archaeology Conference) Workshop
Saturday 30th January 2016
at University College London

Registration should be very affordable, c£10.

Concept

The ‘Making practice perfect’ workshop will be a one-day event focused on ‘practice theories’ in Roman archaeology and beyond. The day will be organised into three sessions: ‘Structuration and related traditions’, ‘Practice theory and materiality’, and ‘Comparative perspectives’, the first two focusing on Roman case-studies, and the third aiming to develop dialogues between Romanists and archaeologists of other complex societies. This will be the inaugural TRAC Workshop, and it is intended to be a new kind of event which complements the highly successful annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference by providing an in-depth investigation of a particular topic in a more informal format, mixing traditional paper presentations with group discussions and activities.

Call for Papers

We invite offers of 15-minute papers for any of the three sessions, particularly those which foreground case-studies in the application of relevant approaches. Titles and abstracts of up to 250 words should be sent to practice.workshop@trac.org.uk, by Friday 30 October, though prospective speakers are also welcome to contact us to express interest and discuss their contribution. We particularly welcome contributions from postgraduate students, and from non-Romanists interested in engaging in the ‘comparative perspectives’ session. Keynote speakers for the sessions will be Andrew Gardner (UCL), Astrid Van Oyen (Cambridge), and Bill Sillar (UCL). Registration to attend the event will open in November 2015.

Click here for more information
www.trac.org.uk/events/workshops/practice-theory-2016/

Hellenic Society and Roman Society
GREEK AND ROMAN ARMOUR DAY

Monday 20 July 2015

The Beveridge Hall
Senate House
University of London
Malet Street / Russell Square
London WC1E 7HU

Illustrated presentations by six world experts of their researches into how effective ancient armour was in practice. Issues will include production, wearability, enemy weapons and tactics, and changes and developments.

10.30 doors open
11.00 welcome - Presidents of the Hellenic and Roman Societies

Greek and Italic armour

chair and respondent - Professor Hans van Wees (University College London)
11.15 Professor Peter Krentz (Davidson College NC)
- Marathon to Chaironeia: changes in hoplite armour
12.00 Professor Gregory Aldrete (University of Wisconsin Green Bay)
- Linen body armour: reconstruction and tests
1.00 lunch
2.00 Dr Mike Burns (Leeds)
- The South Italic cuirass from the 6th to 3rd centuries BC

Roman armour

chair and respondent - Dr Jonathan Coulston (University of St Andrews)
3.00 Dr Mike Bishop (Journal of Roman Military Equipment)
- The impenetrable wall: Roman body armour assessed
4.00 tea
4.30 Dr Guy Stiebel (Tel-Aviv University)
- ‘Also he armed him with a coat of mail’: the armour in Roman Judaea
5.30 Dr Christian Miks (Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum Mainz)
- The rise and development of segmented helmets in the later Roman to early Byzantine army
6.15 closing words - Presidents of the Hellenic and Roman Societies

Admission is free, and includes a sandwich lunch and tea in the afternoon.
Tickets for attendance must be obtained in advance by online registration at Eventbrite.
http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/greek-and-roman-armour-day-tickets-15741745986?aff=eac2

The Societies thank the Institute of Classical Studies for its assistance in staging this conference, and Mr Christian Levett, owner of Minerva magazine, for his generous support.

25th Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference

University of Leicester
27–29 March 2015

Following on from the success of our session at RAC/TRAC last year, the RFG will be sponsoring a session this year at TRAC. The session is titled Interdisciplinary Approaches to Roman Artefacts (RFG session) and will be chaired by Ellen Swift, It will be on Saturday afternoon from 2 to 5.30pm (Session 2).

Abstract

The Roman Finds Group has an eclectic base comprising field archaeologists, materials scientists, museum curators and educators, experimental archaeologists, academics, and many others. As such we would like to promote an interdisciplinary approach to Roman artefact studies, drawing on the diverse range of knowledge and expertise that exists in material-based studies. The contribution of anthropology is long-standing in the interpretation of archaeological artefacts, however, many other disciplines also have a material focus. This session particularly encourages theoretically-informed contributions that consider the material of Roman artefacts from a wider perspective, e.g. that of art and design, museum studies, materials science, craft experience, or experimental reconstruction.

Other sessions which may be of interest to RFG members include:

Charmed, I’m sure: Roman magic – old theory, new approaches

Adam Parker, York Museums Trust

Contextualising coins, assembling contexts and interrogating agency

Adrian Chadwick & Adam Rogers, University of Leicester & Eleanor Ghey, British Museum

Socks & sandals: historical fiction as archaeological technique?

Daan van Helden, University of Leicester & Rob Witcher, University of Durham

Integrating Environmental and Theoretical Roman Archaeology Sponsored by the Association for Environmental Archaeology

Lisa Lodwick, University of Oxford & James Morris, University of Central Lancashire

Details of the conference can be found at:

http://trac.org.uk/conferences/trac2015/

Members who don’t wish to attend the whole conference, but are interested in the RFG session can apply to attend only on Saturday.


The Rural Settlement of Roman England: from regional perspectives to national synthesis

University of Reading 14th April 2015

Over the last three years the Department of Archaeology at the University of Reading and Cotswold Archaeology have been collaborating on a major project examining regional and chronological variation in Roman rural settlement through analysis of farm layouts, domestic architecture, agricultural practice and burial traditions. This will allow us to assess the integration of settlements in different parts of Britain with the Roman provincial economy and provide a new characterisation of the Romano-British countryside.

A free one day conference presenting initial results from the project will be held at Reading. For further information and to book go to http://www.reading.ac.uk/archaeology/research/roman-rural-settlement/


Hellenic Society and Roman Society

GREEK AND ROMAN ARMOUR DAY

Monday 20 July 2015

The Beveridge Hall
Senate House
University of London
Malet Street / Russell Square
London WC1E 7HU

Illustrated presentations by six world experts of their researches into how effective ancient armour was in practice. Issues will include production, wearability, enemy weapons and tactics, and changes and developments.

10.30 doors open
11.00 welcome - Presidents of the Hellenic and Roman Societies

Greek and Italic armour
chair and respondent - Professor Hans van Wees (University College London)
11.15 Professor Peter Krentz (Davidson College NC) - Marathon to Chaironeia: changes in hoplite armour
12.00 Professor Gregory Aldrete (University of Wisconsin Green Bay) - Linen body armour: reconstruction and tests
1.00 lunch
2.00 Dr Mike Burns (Leeds) - The South Italic cuirass from the 6th to 3rd centuries BC

Roman armour
chair and respondent - Dr Jonathan Coulston (University of St Andrews)
3.00 Dr Mike Bishop (Journal of Roman Military Equipment) - The impenetrable wall: Roman body armour assessed
4.00 tea
4.30 Dr Guy Stiebel (Tel-Aviv University) - ‘Also he armed him with a coat of mail’: the armour in Roman Judaea
5.30 Dr Christian Miks (Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum Mainz) - The rise and development of segmented helmets in the later Roman to early Byzantine army
6.15 closing words - Presidents of the Hellenic and Roman Societies

Admission is free, and includes a sandwich lunch and tea in the afternoon.
Tickets for attendance must be obtained in advance by online registration at Eventbrite.
http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/greek-and-roman-armour-day-tickets-15741745986?aff=eac2

The Societies thank the Institute of Classical Studies for its assistance in staging this conference, and Mr Christian Levett, owner of Minerva magazine, for his generous support.


Things That Travelled - Mediterranean Glass in the First Millennium AD

Wallace Collection and Institute of Archaeology, 28th and 29th November 2014.

Places are still available for this conference with a fantastic line-up of glass specialists covering a multitude of historical, archaeological and scientific topics. £40 full price and £10 for students. See website for registration information and final programme.

www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/calendar/articles/2013-14/20140430


British Museum Touring Exhibition

Roman Empire: Power and People brings together over 160 stunning pieces from the British Museum to explore the story of one of the most powerful empires the world has ever seen.

Highlights include sculpture from the villas of the Emperors Tiberius and Hadrian, coins from the famous Hoxne treasure, beautiful jewellery and even near-perfectly preserved children’s clothing from Roman Egypt.

The exhibition has been developed in partnership with Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and explores the wealth, power and organisation of the Empire, but also how the Romans viewed their provinces and other peoples. Religious, military and personal objects give an insight into the lives of people across the Empire, from northern Britain to Egypt and the Middle East. These fascinating objects show how the influences of the many people and places that the Romans came into contact with were absorbed and adapted into the Empire.

Future venues

Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery 1 February – 27 April 2014

The Herbert Museum and Art Gallery, Coventry 17 May – 31 August 2014

Leeds City Museum 20 September 2014 – 4 January 2015

The McManus, Dundee 24 January – 10 May 2015

Segedunum Roman Fort and Baths 30 May – 13 September 2015


ALG Autumn 2014 Meeting Leeds 13-14th November 2014

The ALG Autumn 2014 meeting Leather in Warfare is being held at the Royal Armouries, Leeds and co-hosted by that august institution. We are most grateful to the Royal Armouries for their enthusiasm for the meeting and having them co-host the event has allowed us to significantly expand the programme and widen the subjects covered. The meeting will be held in the Bury Theatre at the Royal Armouries, Leeds over two days on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th November 2014 with a day and a half of lectures followed by a chance to wander around the galleries.

Amongst the topics to be covered are Roman military equipment, Ayyubid and Mamluk armour, Japanese armour, English leather plate armour and armour fittings, archery equipment, leather horse armour, the clothing and equipment of a 17th century Swiss Mercenary soldier who died on the Grand St Bernard Pass, and individual case studies of items that you might not have thought of including a 3rd century Roman armour of crocodile skin. Something for everyone!

The programme is being finalised at present, the cost of the two day conference is expected to be in the region of £50 and, while there will be a reduced rate for ALG members (£40), all are welcome to attend. The Royal Armouries plan to open bookings in April; please place your booking through them. Full details will be provided in the Autumn Newsletter and will be placed on the ALG website as soon as they are available. In the meantime Quita Mould will be happy to answer any queries you may have about the event (quita@onetel.com or Tel: 01366 384289).

http://www.royalarmouries.org/events/events-at-leeds/calendar/2014-11-13/conference-archaeological-leather-group-conference-2014


Historical Metallurgy Society

31st May-1st June

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

‘Metals used in Personal Adornment’

For many centuries metal, especially precious metals, has been the dominant material used in the construction of jewellery and other items of personal adornment. The basic form of personal adornment varies with time, location and culture, which influence not only the style of the pieces but also affects their methods of manufacture and decoration.

A good range of papers from all periods and many parts of the world have already been offered. Two specifically Roman titles are 'Metal composition of Roman enamelled brooches in Gallia Belgica and Germania Inferior' and ‘How Roman brooches were decorated’, but there will be many other papers with relevance to Roman finds. Full details will be available shortly from http://hist-met.org/meetings/personal-adornment.html


How Roman Was Roman Britain?

10th May 2014

Chertsey Hall, Chertsey

A Day Conference organised by the Roman Studies Group of Surrey Archaeological Society

Just how 'Roman' life was in Roman Britain is still hotly debated. Issues to be covered during the Conference will include: What was the situation prior to the Roman invasion of AD 43? What did being 'Roman' involve? In what ways and to what extent were 'Roman' life styles and religious habits adopted by the native population? How did the situation differ between the towns and the countryside? What role did immigrants play? How did these features change during the lifetime of Britannia?

Professor Michael Fulford will chair the Conference and the speakers will include:

Professor Tim Champion – Southern Britain before the Conquest

Professor Martin Millet – On Being a Roman

Philip Crummy – Large Towns and Town Life – Colchester

Paul Booth – Small Towns and Town Life

Alex Smith – The Impact of Rome on the Countryside

Dr Hella Eckardt – Immigrants and Locals

Professor Tony King –Religions in Southern Roman Britain

The Conference will be held in the Chertsey Hall, Chertsey, Surrey and will run from 9.30 until 17.15.

Tickets will cost £18 (£16 for members; £10 for students) and will include morning coffee and afternoon tea. A hot lunch will be available at the Hall for approximately £9 for two courses. Further details and an application form can be found at www.surreyarchaeology.org.uk


Hadrianic Society Conference 2014
4th - 9th April 2014

"We run a dual meeting over 6 days; the first half is a ‘Reunion Weekend’ for members old and new, the Second half a conference proper titled THE ROMAN ARMY SCHOOL. The RAS has been running annually for over 30 years and the list of speakers includes top end academics like David Breeze and Val Maxfield, professional archaeologists such as Andrew Birley, non-professional (but by no means with anything less important to say) society members and invited recent post-graduates. We have it all!"

"The conference is a mix of Roman Army and Roman Frontier studies with additional content from the various Roman subjects of Art, Architecture, Economics and Epigraphy to name but a few. We are a heady blend of current archaeological discoveries and research, reinterpretation of past conceptions, new academic approaches to objects, applied archaeological sciences and holiday photos. Its a sociable place with copies amounts of coffee and wine-fueled chat about all things Roman. And sometimes just All Things."

http://hadrianicsociety.wordpress.com/2013/11/11/hadrianic-society-conference-2014/


28th-30th March 2014
RAC

The University of Reading is proud to host the Biennial International Roman Archaeology Conference in collaboration with the Roman Society The conference will take place on Friday 28 to Sunday 30 March 2014, returning to where it began 20 years ago in 1994. It will bring together sessions from the Roman Society, from the Study Group for Roman Pottery, from the Roman Finds Group and from the Theoretical Roman Archeology Conference.

Alongside the material and theoretical sessions there will be particular emphases on Italy, the value of developer-funded archaeology in understanding the Romano-British countryside and on Zooarchaeology.

Read more here.

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Session: 'Deposits full of character’

Provisional outline

This session proposes to look at deposits containing ceramics and/or other specific small finds or coins from the viewpoint of pre-consumption and consumption. Papers will focus on the nature of the deposits, for example, waste, ritual, burial, putting them into a wider social, economic and chronological context. In particular the finds will be considered for the interpretation of the organization of trade, merchants and supply, whilst also offering a glimpse into the potentially more personal world of consumer habits and assemblages for the gods, the deceased and the afterlife.

Provisional papers

Meike Weber: Pre-consumption deposits and their enormous importance for trade and interpretations of the economy.

Jane Timby: Pottery consumption at pre- and early Roman Silchester. Pots for foreigners or immigrants


2nd November 2013 
Health and Medicine in the Roman World British Museum

In collaboration with the Association for Roman Archaeology.

Full details found here.


9th November 2013
150 years of Roman Yorkshire

Conference marking 150 years of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society.

Full details found here.


30th November 2013
Romano-British Towns Conference

Assessing the Impact of Commercial Archaeology on the Towns of Roman Britain.

One day conference at the University of Reading. Organised by the Roman Society in collaboration with the University of Reading, English Heritage and Cotswold Archaeology.

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