RAC/TRAC Conference 2018

University of Edinburgh, School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Time: 09:00-18:00

Price: From £35-£100 please check RAC/TRAC website for details

The combined Roman Archaeology Conference (RAC) and Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (TRAC) is an international, biennial event devoted to Roman archaeology, hosted this year in Edinburgh. MOLA archaelogists Michael Marshall, Adam Sutton and Sadie Watson will take to the podium on the Saturday:

The Praxis of (Roman) Archaeology: Alienation and Redemption (Workshop 5d-1 TRAC, Saturday AM,  Lecture Theatre 2)

A chaired panel discussion organised by Jake Weekes and Andrew Gardner on the topics of: divisions of labour, hierarchies and alienation; “field archaeology” and academia; specialisation and silo mentality; Anthropologies and Sociology: there IS such a thing as society. The workshop will focus around six papers, including:

  • 'Roman Britain' as a Conceptual Framework within Development Control Archaeology (Sadie Watson, MOLA)
    Sadie will be discussing the ways MOLA's commercial projects and methods could influence the concept of Roman Britain -specifically in terms of the pace of excavation, truncation of Roman levels, multi-phase sites and mechanical methodologies of both digging and analysis. She will also cover the generalist work history of commercial archaeologists like herself including the pressures of funding, publicity, and political input, and the various 'Pompeii(s) of the North'.

Crafts: Everyday Technologies in the Ancient World (Session 6d TRAC, Saturday PM, Lecture Theatre 2)

A session organised by Adam Sutton and Owen Humphreys exploring crafts as the ‘everyday technologies’ that created, maintained, and changed ancient societies. Papers presented will include: 

  • Making lamps and making light in early Roman London: connections between the production and consumption of ceramic oil lamps (Michael Marshall, MOLA)
    An exploration of the evolution of artificial light in Roman London, including what we can learn about function from form; what evidence of ceramic production can tell us about how design conventions and techniques were transmitted, copied, misunderstood or deliberately transformed; the impacts of technologies such as the wheel and mould; and the effects of local and international networks between suppliers, makers and consumers.
  • Everyday innovation: Reconsidering creativity, cognition, and continuity. A case-study in Iron Age and Romano-British ceramics (Adam Sutton, MOLA, formerly University of Reading)
    Using modern understandings of innovation and design theory, and case-studies from Iron Age and Romano-British ceramics, Adam will argue for ‘everyday innovation’ – the notion that innovation is itself an ongoing process of interaction between craftspeople, their materials, and the objects surrounding them - and explore the implications of this theory for perceptions of periods of relative change and stasis in archaeology.

The cost of attending the conference ranges from £35-£100. To find out more and book, please visit the RAC/TRAC website.