Roman Finds Group meetings are held twice a year in varying locations, and provide a useful opportunity for presentation and discussion.
We are in the process of setting an exciting programme of meetings for the next year or two.
Our Spring 2014 meeting will be part of the Roman Archaeology Conference at the University of Reading, 27-30 March. Hella Eckardt is leading the session "Roman metal small finds in context" on the afternoon of Friday 28th March. Early bird booking rates should hopefully be in place before Christmas, and a provisional programme is here:
We shall visit Exeter's revamped RAM Museum during the Summer of 2014. We also hope to host an Autumn meeting in Manchester, to coincide with the British Museum's touring exhibitionEmpire, Power and People.
RAC 11/TRAC 24
27th–30th March, 2014
This spring we are joining the Study Group for Roman Pottery in sponsoring a session at the Roman Archaeology Conference being held at the University of Reading. Our session is titled Roman Metal Small Finds in Context. The speakers are:
Ellen Swift – Design, function and everyday social practices: a case study on Roman spoons
Emma Durham – Metropolitan styling. The figurines from London and Colchester
Michael Marshall, Natasha Powers , Sadie Watson – ‘Treasure’, ‘trash’ and taphonomy: Approaches to the excavation and interpretation of Roman finds from the Walbrook valley
Martin Pitts – First generation urban communities: comparing ceramic and brooch assemblages in Roman Britain
Tatiana Ivleva – What’s in the name? ‘Britishness’ of British-made brooches abroad
Hella Eckardt – Immigrant soldiers at Hollow Banks Quarry, Scorton? New work on crossbow brooches, burial rites and isotopes
There are many other sessions that will be of interest to members of the group including:
- Insularity and Identity in the Roman Mediterranean
- Small Finds and Ancient Social Practices
- Return to the Sauce: new investigations concerning amphorae and their contexts
- ‘Deposits Full of Character’
- Clay and Cult: Roman terracottas and their production and use in domestic, religious and funerary contexts
- Continuity and Change – the impact of foodways on provincial pottery traditions
The basic conference fee is £98 including lunches on
Friday and Saturday, and there are discounts for students (‐£20) and Society members (‐£5). Delegates can also book in for the Conference dinner on the Friday night and a guided tour around Silchester on the Sunday afternoon. Conference details, including abstracts of all papers, can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/archaeology/Conferences/ RAC2014
RFG are planning an October meeting at Manchester Museum which will probably be on Wednesday 8th October. There will be talks on a wide variety of relatively local as well as more general topics, and also opportunities to visit the galleries and to see some of the reserve collections of Roman finds. The meeting is being organised by Bryan Sitch, Curator of Archaeology at the museum, and confirmed speakers so far include Matthew Ponting, Vanessa Oakden, Justine Bayley and Bryan himself. There are still spaces in the programme so Bryan who would welcome offers of papers, particularly those that relate to northern Britannia; contact him on Bryan.Sitch@manchester.ac.uk. The full programme will appear in the summer issue of Lucerna, and also on the RFG website, but put the date in your diary now! The fee for the day will be kept as low as possible, and there will be discounted rates for RFG members and students.
Do check back for updates.