The Roman Society

Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies

Retrospect & 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 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


Watch the vidcast of the lectures on YouTube here.

The vidcast was produced for the Roman Society by Braunarts.

Artist’s reconstruction of agricultural scene within the countryside of Roman Britain (by Margaret Mathews)

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