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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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