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Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies



The Regional Heritage Centre’s Annual Archaeology Forum

Saturday 3 March, 2018, 09.55-16.30

Biology Lecture Theatre, Lancaster University


Now in its 45th year, the Regional Heritage Centre’s Annual Archaeology Forum has become the premier regular meeting of archaeologists, both professional and amateur, in the North West. Each year sees a range of presentations on current and recent work, from rescue archaeology and large-scale projects to community endeavours. The enthusiastic audience ranges from scholars and practitioners to local societies and members of the public with a general interest. This year’s Forum will be held on Saturday 3 March 2018 at Lancaster University. It will feature papers on Roman archaeology (recent developments at Vindolanda and Chester), early Medieval (St Michael’s in Workington), Industrial archaeology (the Greater Manchester textile mills project) and a presentation on changes to the Regional Archaeological Research Framework. Speakers confirmed so far include Andrew Birley of the Vindolanda Trust, Adam Parsons of Oxford Archaeology North, Michael Nevell of the University of Salford and Sue Stallibrass of Historic England.

The 2018 Archaeology Forum benefits from the generous support of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies, and we are pleased to offer a discount for Society members booking tickets through our online store. An optional lunch is also available. Please visit http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/users/rhc/events/index.htm for more details.

Download a booking form here.



A celebration of the life of Alan Cameron

24 March 2018 at 2.30pm

Room 349, Senate House

Everyone is invited to celebrate the life and work of Professor Alan Cameron FBA (1938-2017) with friends, former colleagues and family on Saturday, 24th March, in room 349 of Senate House, from 14.30 pm. A series of short contributions will be followed by a reception and is open to all.

Alan Cameron read Classics at New College, Oxford and then went on to teach Latin at the University of Glasgow before coming to London in 1964, where he was first a Lecturer and then a Reader at Bedford College and then from 1972 as Professor of Latin at Kings. In 1977 he moved to Columbia University, New York, where he was Charles Anthon Professor of Latin Literature and Language until his retirement in 2008. He wrote many fundamental articles, beginning in the 1960s, and his books include studies of Claudian, circus factions in Byzantium, Callimachus and Hellenistic poetry, Greek mythography, the Greek Anthology, and the magisterial Last Pagans of Rome (2011).

A number of friends and colleagues will offer reminiscences of Alan and appreciations of his work. Among the confirmed speakers are Arianna Gullo, Gavin Kelly, Oswyn Murray, John North, Peter Wiseman, Dominic Rathbone and members of his family.

The event is sponsored by the Institute of Classical Studies, King’s College London and the Roman Society and is free. All are welcome.

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.