About Us

Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (TRAC) is an academic organisation and conference, designed to be an arena for open discussion of archaeological theory in Roman archaeology and as a platform to encourage innovation, collaboration and promote inclusive practice, within the UK and internationally. The conference was held for the first time in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Newcastle in 1991 and since then TRAC has held 31 conferences, most recently in 2023 at the University of Exeter. Our next conference will take place in 2024 in London. The conference is a platform for your scholars to outline their own original research.

So, who are we?

Membership of the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference is informal, free, and open to all – regardless of age, gender, race, nationality, language, religion, sexual orientation, experience, or education. The Standing Committee is elected at the TRAC annual conference during the AGM and oversees the running of the conference and associated events, including webinars and workshops.

Find out more about our Conferences and Events

What are our aims?

  • To promote the role and discussion of theory in Roman Archaeology;
  • To provide a forum for debate and discussion amongst senior academics and professionals, young scholars, students, and the wider archaeological community;
  • To engage and value a diverse community;
  • To organise an annual conference or conferences in pursuance of these aims;
  • To produce a series of publications deriving from the conference(s) and/or additional activities in pursuance of these aims.