Programme Summary (full details below)

Thurs 4th April p.m. (5.00 p.m. Registration opens)

7.00 Keynote lecture. Professor Simon James, University of Leicester.

Imperial Rome and the Trousers of Time: Civilians, Soldiers, Barbarians and the Forging of New Romes, 100BC to AD 300


Friday 5th April a.m. (8.30 a.m. Registration opens)

Sessions 9.30-1.00

Minima Maxima Sunt: realising the theoretical potential of small finds

“Where’s the Theory?” A conversation about TRAC and the role of theory in Roman archaeology

Neoliberalism and the Study of the Roman Economy

Friday 5th April p.m.

Sessions 2.00-5.30

Deconstructing Roman material culture: new labels, new narratives?

New Reflections on Roman Glass

6.30 British Museum exhibition visit Pompeii and Herculaneum Life and Death (an additional fee is payable for this)

8.30 TRAC party (Truckles, nr British museum)

Saturday 6th April a.m.

Sessions 9.30-1.00

How the Dead Live: Identity and funerary monuments in ancient Italy

Migration and social identity in the Roman Near East: from method to practice (200 BC – AD 700)

The Formational Processes of in-fills in Urban Archaeological Settings

Saturday 6th April p.m.

Sessions 2.00-5.30

National Perspectives on ‘Roman’-‘Barbarian’ Interaction

General session

Academic Program for TRAC 2013


Friday AM

(Block A)

Minima Maxima Sunt:  Realising the Theoretical Potential of Roman Small Finds

Organizers: Ian Marshman & Anna Walas (University of Leicester)

Discussion Chair:  Dr. Hella Eckhardt

British Penannular Brooches: A New Approach– Anna Booth, University of Leicester

Playing Identities:  Board Games Accessories and their Role in Cultural Transformations– Marko A. Janković, University of Belgrade

Sexual Identity(ies) and Roman Lamps:  Exploring Iconography of Human Sexual Activity and Mythological Erotic Pursuits on Terracotta Mould-made Lamps–  Sanja Vucetic, University College London

From Small Finds to Big Theory:  How the Material Culture in Rural Settlements of the Civitas Batavorum informs us about Romanization (or discrepant experience?)– Dr. Stijn Heeren, VU University Amsterdam

‘Small Finds’ on Roman Battlefields– Joanne Ball, University of Liverpool

More than Counting Coppers:  The Consumption of Coinage in the Suburbs of Aquileia– Clare Rown, University of Warwick


(Block B)

Neoliberalism and the Study of the Roman Economy

Organizer:  Dr. Matt Hobson (University of Leicester)

Discussion Chair:  Andrew Wilson (University of Oxford)

The Growth of Neoliberalism and the Study of the Roman Economy– Matthew S. Hobson, University of Leicester

Why Modern Economics Applies, even to the Distant Past– Willem M. Jongman, University of Groningen

Markets, Institutional Change and Economic Development in the Roman World– Koenraad Verboven, University of Ghent


“Where’s the Theory?” A conversation about TRAC and the role of theory in Roman archaeology

Organizer: Darrell J. Rohl (Durham University)

TRAC-ing the Trends:  A Critical Content Analysis of the TRAC Discourse and Proceedings– Darrell J. Rohl, Durham University

The past 10 years of TRAC:  Looking Back and Looking Forwards– Ben Croxford

TBA–  Eleanor Scott


Friday PM

(Block A)

Deconstructing Material Culture:  New Labels, New Narratives?

Organizers:  Astrid Van Oyen (Univesity of Cambridge), Martin Pitts (University of Exeter)

Trajectories of Practice:  Acknowledging Material Culture as Constitutive of socio-cultural Change–  Astrid Van Oyen, University of Cambridge

Against Hybridity:  Understanding Objects in Motion–  Dr. Miguel John Versluys, University of Leiden

Romanisation from the Ground up:  Towards an Ontological Understanding of Egyptian objects in Roman Contexts– Eva Mol, University of Leiden

Artefacts, Globalising Moments and long-term Change– Dr. Martin Pitts, University of Exeter

Assessing Categories in Rural Roman Britain–  Rosalind Quick, University of Cambridge

Concluding Comments– Prof. Martin Millett, University of Cambridge


(Block B)

New Reflections on Roman Glass

The Green Green Glass of Rome–  Sally Cottam, King’s College London & Caroline Jackson, University of Sheffield

Methods and Difficulties in Quantifying Archaeological Vessel Glass Assemblages–  Jonathan Prior, University of Durham

Roman Shipping and Trade in Glass: Evidence and Interpretation from Wrecks and Ports in the Western Mediterranean–  Souen Fontaine, Centre Camille Jullian, Aix en Provence

Secondary Production and Peripatetic Glass Workers: Evidence from Basinghall Street, London –  Angela Wardle and Ian Freestone, Institute of Archaeology, London

Determining Consumer Preferences for Glass in the Roman and Byzantine Levant –  Margaret O’Hea, University of Adelaide

The Primary Production Model: Locating Sources Using Geochemical Techniques –  Patrick Degryse, University of Leuven



Saturday AM

(Block A)

Migration and Social Identity in the Roman Near East: from Method to Practice (200 BC – AD 700)

Organizers:  Justin Yoo (King’s College London), Andrea Zerbini (Birkbeck)

Where did the 5th to 7th Centuries’ Settlers in the Arid Margins of Northern Syria come from?– Dr. Marion Rivoal, Institut Français du Proche-Orient

Material Representation in the Roman Colony of Berytus (Beirut)– Dr. Paul Newson, University of Beirut

Decline, Migration and Revival:  Kom al-Ahmar/Kom Wasit, A History of a Forgotten City– Dr. Mohamed Kenawi, Alexandria Centre for Hellenistic Studies & Giorgia Marchiori, University College London

Cosmopolitan Heliopolitans?– Simone Paturel, University of Newcastle

Oriental Immigrants in Moesia Superior:  A Case in Mistaken Identity?– Vladimir D. Mihajlović, University of Novi Sad

Along the Fringes of the Empire:  Settlements, Material Culture and Social Identity in Upper Mesopotamia–  Rocco Palermo, University di Napoli Federico II


(Block B)

The Formational Processes of in-fills in Urban Archaeological Settings

Organizer:  Dr. Kevin Dicus, Case Western Reserve University

Contrasting Formational Processes in Pompeian Urban Fills– Dr. Kevin Dicus, Case Western Reserve University

Quantity and Quality:  Cistern Fills of an Etrusco-Roman town– Laura Banducci, University of Michigan

Fills of Invisble Function:  Uncovering Curation in Roman Construction–  Gina Tibbott, Temple University


How the Dead Live: Identity and Funerary Monuments in Ancient Italy

Organizer:  Katherine McDonald, University of Cambridge

Oscan Funerary Monuments of Southern Italy– Katherine McDonald, University of Cambridge

Freedmen and Family Identities in the Roman Empire:  The Epigraphic Habit Revisited–  Fiona Mowat, University of Edinburgh

Christian Identity in the Vatican Necropolis?  The Case of the Tomb of the Julii– Gabriela Ingle, University of Edinburgh


Saturday PM

(Block A)

National Perspectives on ‘Roman’-‘Barbarian’ Interaction

Organizer:  Sergio Gonzalez Sanchez, University of Leicester

Modern Perceptions of Roman-Scandanavian Relations:  Research History and Theory–  Dr. Thomas Grane, University of Copenhagen

Water for Barbarians:  New Approaches on the Creation of Aqueducts in Roman Britain– Jay Ingate, University of Kent

Rome in Gaul?  An Examination of the Romanization of Government in the Three Gauls– Dr. Aaron Irvin, Murray State University

Religion in Contact: Illyrian interpretation of Roman Religion, A Cognitive Approach– Josipa Lulic, University of Zagreb

Romanization of the Village Settlement in the Provinces of Thrace and Moesia Inferior– Viktoria Chystyakova, Charles University

Barbarian Influence on Physiognomy, Garments and Accessories as Reflected in the Hunters depicted in the 6th century CE Kissufim Mosaic Pavement– Aliza Steinberg, University of Tel Aviv


(Block B)

General Session

Organizers:  Caroline Barron, King’s College London & Lily Withycombe-Taperell, Royal Holloway

Negotiating the Ceramiscene of Roman Nepi– Dr. Ulla Rajala, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research (Cambridge) & Dr. Philip Mills, University of Leicester

Pompeian Red Ware in Roman London:  New Insights on Pottery Consumption in a Colonial Environment– Cristina Podavitte, University College London

Ex Vulgus Scientia:  Approaching Roman Archaeology with Crowd sourcing– Dr. Charlotte Tupman, King’s College London & Dr. Stuart Dunn, King’s College London

Votive Objects and Ritual Practice at Bath, England– Eleri Cousins, University of Cambridge

Beyond Wood Gathering:  Towards a typology for Charcoal– Dr. Robyn Veal, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge

What is in a name?  A Case Study of Latin Terminology of Spaces – Yukiko Kawamoto, King’s College London


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