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Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies



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.

The People of Roman Britain at Home and Abroad

Saturday 17 November, 2018

Clore Centre, BP Theatre, British Museum


This Symposium is aimed at looking at the general population of Roman Britain.  New archaeological research, notably covering rural settlements and burials, will shed light on the lives of millions of people who lived across the province, often people who are largely overlooked in general literature about the province.  There will also be a consideration of the evidence for Britons working and living elsewhere in the Roman Empire, reminding us that Britannia was truly an integrated province of the Empire.


13.30-13.40  Introduction

13.45-14.30  Dr Tom Brindle (Cotswold Archaeology) ‘The Great Unwashed – Common People in Roman Britain'

14.30-15.15  Dr Hella Eckardt (Reading University) ‘Mobility in Roman Britain – archaeological evidence and current debates’

15.15-15.45  Tea

15.45-16.30  Dr John Pearce (King’s College, London) 'Becoming Roman in death? Funerary monuments and rituals in Britannia'

16.30-17.15  Dr Tatiana Ivleva (Newcastle and Leiden Universities) ‘Britons abroad: The untold story of emigration and object mobility from Roman Britain’

17.15             Summing Up

Tickets for the event, including afternoon refreshments, cost £20. Bookings are being taken now, and tickets will be sent out in November. Please return your form to the Roman Society, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU.

Download a form here.