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Retrospect and Prospect: 50 years of Britannia

Roman Society Biennial Day Conference

Retrospect and Prospect: 50 years of Britannia and the state of Romano-British archaeology

Saturday, 4th November 2017, 10.00 – 18.00

Woburn Suite (Room G22/26), Senate House, University of London

This conference has now sold out. To join the waiting list, email: office(at)romansociety.org

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

Free but booking required via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/retrospect-and-prospect-50-years-of-britannia-tickets-34098336041?aff=erelpanelorg.

To book a lunch, please return this form with your payment / credit card details to the Roman Society, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. Lunch may also be booked by email (office@romansociety.org) and payment by cheque or cash will be taken on the door.


Saturday 16 December

BP Lecture Theatre, British Museum

Hosted with the Association for Roman Archaeology

A conference to mark the anniversary of the death of Trajan in AD 117


1.30-1.45         Introduction 

1.45-2.30         Professor Amanda Claridge (Royal Holloway): ‘Trajan’s Forum and Column in Rome: new discoveries’

2.30-3.15         Dr Bernhard Woytek (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna): ‘SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI. Trajanic coinage as a tribute to “the best of emperors”’

3.15-3.45         Tea

3.45-4.30         Professor Andrew Poulter (University of Birmingham): ‘Soldiers on the move: Trajan's conquest of Dacia’

With a practical demonstration of Roman armour

4.30-5.15         Dr Nick Hodgson (Arbeia Roman Fort & Museum): ‘Britannia omissa: the military situation in Britain under Trajan’

 5.15-5.30        Closing remarks

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Vagnari Roman Imperial Estate: The Settlement and its Material Culture

Friday 1 June, 2018, 14.00-18.00


University of Sheffield, Jessop West G03


Since 2012, excavations by the University of Sheffield have been conducted at Vagnari, the site of a Roman village (vicus) in south-east Italy that was the core administrative and distributive centre of a rural estate acquired in the early first century A.D. by the emperor. The workshop aims to present the archaeological research at Vagnari in its wider context and to discuss the impact of Roman expansion in south-east Italy on the culture and economy of the region.

Speakers include Alastair Small who, together with Carola Small, discovered the site of Vagnari and conducted the first phase of fieldwork at the site from 2000, and Maureen Carroll, the director of excavations at Vagnari since 2012. A key and important part of the workshop is the presentation by the relevant project specialists of the artefacts and assemblages recovered in the Sheffield excavations (pottery, window glass, animal bone, metal). The workshop brings together these specialists to foster discussion of the artefacts themselves and their significance, and to engage participants at the event in this discussion.

There will be coffee/tea in the afternoon break and light refreshments at the end of the workshop. Participation in the workshop is subject to a fee of £15; Roman Society members pay a discounted fee of £10.

For more information, and to register, visit the workshop website:


Conference organiser is Maureen Carroll (p.m.carroll@sheffield.ac.uk)

The workshop is sponsored by the Roman Society and the University of Sheffield.