Hadrianic Society Conference 2014

Details of the forthcoming Hadrianic Society conference 2014 can be found here.

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We run a dual meeting over 6 days; the first half is a ‘Reunion Weekend’ for members old and new, the Second half a conference proper titled THE ROMAN ARMY SCHOOL. The RAS has been running annually for over 30 years and the list of speakers includes top end academics like David Breeze and Val Maxfield, professional archaeologists such as Andrew Birley, non-professional (but by no means with anything less important to say) society members and invited recent post-graduates. We have it all!

The conference is a mix of Roman Army and Roman Frontier studies with additional content from the various Roman subjects of Art, Architecture, Economics and Epigraphy to name but a few. We are a heady blend of current archaeological discoveries and research, reinterpretation of past conceptions, new academic approaches to objects, applied archaeological sciences and holiday photos. Its a sociable place with copies amounts of coffee and wine-fueled chat about all things Roman. And sometimes just All Things.

Come join us.


You can now follow us on Twitter @HadrianicSoc for a bitesize discussion of archaeology and cake!

31st October AD475

Happy Halloween folks, but lest we not forget that it was on this day in AD475 that ROMULUS AUGUSTUS, the last Roman Emperor of the West took his seat of power. Whilst dear Romulus led a turbulent life and may have been a somewhat reluctant Emperor, his life has been commemorated in a 1950 play ‘Romulus the Great’. by Friedrich Durrenmatt. Got to love Wikipedia. 


Hadrian’s Wall Archaeology Forum 2013

Hadrian’s Wall Archaeology Forum

Saturday October 19th 2013 9.45am – 4.30pm

At The Queen’s Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham


The Hadrian’s Wall Archaeology Forum is an annual day-conference featuring talks for the general public about new discoveries and research in the Hadrian’s Wall frontier zone including the Cumbrian coast. This year’s programme features talks on excavation projects at Binchester, Maryport, and Vindolanda, research on the Clayton Archaeology Collection at Chesters and geophysical surveys at forts on part of the German frontier.
There will also be a range of publications on sale at reduced prices.
Price = £18.00 (includes tea/coffee mid-morning and mid-afternoon)

Enquiries and bookings:
The Queen’s Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS, Tel: 01434 652477
Email: boxoffice@queenshall.co.ukFor further information contact:
Dr David Mason, The Archaeology Section, Durham County Council, County Hall, Durham City DH1 5UQ.
Tel: 03000 267012 Email. david.mason@durham.gov.uk

Bristol extol the Roman virtues

Latest museum redevelopment is coming to us in Bristol, with the Bristol Museums and Art Gallery co-opting with the BM to provide a new exhibition on all things Roman and Bristolian (Bristolesque? Bristillian? … no idea)

A guardian news report break it down but it seems to promise good things. Further details to follow.

Hadrian goes to Phaselis – images from a Lycian harbour city


Some excellent Images courtest of FollowingHadrian…

Originally posted on FOLLOWING HADRIAN:

Phaselis was an ancient Greek and Roman city on the coast of Lycia, today situated 35km south of Antalya. Shaded by towering pine trees, its ruins lie scattered around three small beautiful bays. Once a thriving port shipping timber and rose oil, its beauty is now admired by thousands of visitors each year.

Phaselis was founded in 690 B.C. by colonists from Rhodes. Due to is geographical position, on an isthmus, it became the most important harbour city of the western Lycia and an important centre of commerce between Greece, Asia, Egypt, and Phoenicia. The city was captured by Persians after they conquered Asia Minor and in 334 B.C. by Alexander the Great. Alexander admired the beauty of the city and remained at Phaselis throughout the winter of that year, which elevated the city’s importance and prestige throughout the Mediterranean. After the death of Alexander the Great, Phaselis came under…

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We are running out of time to accept papers for the following. Get on it people!

An opportunity for 2 post-graduate students to present research at the Hadrianic Society’s Roman Army School, held in Durham city in Spring 2014 (dates tbc). For all students of Roman studies; see the following pdf for further details.


Application deadline for the Small finds session Call for Papers – TRAC 2014 (Which can be read in full here) is now set to 25th September. Share the love.

For TRAC – If you are interested in participating or have any questions please contact Stefanie Hoss at Stefanie.Hoss@uni-koeln.de 

York Minster Undercroft – The New Gallery

On the 25th May 2013 York’s eponymous visitor attraction, the Minster, has reopened its undercroft – the archaeological museum displaying many of the in situ remains to be found beneath the building proper. Dangerous levels of weathering and structural stress nearly led to disaster 50 years ago, but a continued series of repairs and investment has ensured the preservation of this historic landmark. As part of a £20million redevelopment. titled the ‘York Minster Revealed’ project, most of the gallery space is redeveloped and the visitor experience generally is expanded.


The Minster itself sits directly atop the Principia of the legionary fortress. Whilst the physical remains of the Basilica SW wall are minimal in their survival, they constitute one of the very few remains visible at all from Roman York. The Legionary Bathhouse (now under a pub) and the Multangular Tower (the SW wall tower used continually from AD70 onwards and part of the City Wall).


The Basilica Wall

The Undercroft revealed is a beautiful little visitor attraction now (its predecessor was looking a little dated). The small finds are well displayed, nicely interpreted and have some intriguing touches. Using a moulded hand to hold the stylus on top of a tile graffito was a particular highlight. The displays are all representative of the time and money spent on this gallery – its worth it. To my mind, the rest of the Roman experience of York is really well developed; there is a slight obsession with the Basilica.The display obviously follows on into the Anglian, Norman and Medieval periods. A cinema at the end runs three short films – one of which is a very well produced piece lasting 3 minutes identifying the Rise of Constantine in York in terms of its Christian significance.


The Undercroft is free as part of an Adult entry ticket (£10, valid for a year) or entirely free if you are a York resident. Enjoy

TRAC Call for Papers

The following Call for Contributions for a session on Roman Small Finds and Ancient Social Practices at TRAC 2014 has been brought to our attention. HadSoc thinks this is right up our street… or should I say vallum?

 Session organizers: Alissa Whitmore & Stefanie Hoss

 While artifacts have always been a part of archaeology, over the past 20 years studies focusing on contextualized artifacts from a variety of classical spaces have allowed scholars to rewrite our understanding of the past. From the soldiers manning the turrets on Hadrian’s Wall caught unexpectedly sewing (Allason-Jones 1988) to women spinning and weaving in Roman forts (Allison 2006), Roman military archaeology has been taught a very interesting lesson on the integration of what we would deem civilian life into the Roman military. But this is just one example of many; other studies in material spatiality were able to throw light on different elements of the use of human space, be it domestic, productive, commercial, political, social, or religious space. Such studies reinforce the social importance of small finds, which can provide detailed evidence of ancient social practices, activities, and use of space, in addition to dates for a site.


This session will focus upon analyses and interpretations of small finds that shed new light on ancient behaviors and spaces. We are especially interested in papers and artifacts which offer novel evidence for previously unknown activities and social groups in a given space, or those which contradict existing ancient sources and scholarly beliefs, forcing us to confront opposing sets of evidence and rethink our understanding of a given space or practice. Papers dealing with all types of small finds, activities, and spaces (public, private, and those in-between) are welcome and encouraged.

 If you are interested in participating or have any questions please contact Stefanie Hoss at Stefanie.Hoss@uni-koeln.de 

Schoolroom Archaeologists

I was having a chat today with the resident Numismatist at work about a fellow colleague’s research interests. Archaeology and heritage is a strange world where one can entirely judge a book by its cover… or a person by their research interests. If we turn this analogy into a school room scenario:

The theoretical archaeologists are the slightly spacey kids who love politics and arguing simple for the sake of proving someone wrong (they are also, without exception sticklers for good grammar). The Practical archaeologists are the jocks of the operation; sporty kids who want to be outside and get antsy having to remain inside looking at a powerpoint presentation when they know that you cant actually use any of the information in the REAL world. Site managers are like the PE teachers of the above – really just want to be outside playing but struck down with too many meetings and too much paperwork. The numismatist is the foreign exchange student who is clearly very intelligent but seems to play up to the communication barrier just to see what will happen and is always dressed in sweatervests, even in summer. Small Finds specialists are the indie kids who have a new fascinating band/piercing/pair of shoes every other day and seem to be drawn primarily to shiny things like a magpie – they frequently spend time walking down corridors and singing loudly. Zooarchs want to be vets when they grow up and cover their work books in pictures of pugs. Ceramicists are usually seen as a bit too pale and strange to be in any of the other inclusive groups and have meaningful friendships via the internet instead. Geologists are in the wrong class and spend all day either trying to lick or blow up whatever is in front of them. The anthropologists are always going away on holiday during term time. Landscape archaeologists spend all day doodling on everything in site, including themselves because sometimes the biros really can paint a pretty picture. Historical Archaeologists sit at the front and genuinely seem to be paying attention. The kids at the back in the dark clothes obsessed with Vikings are all in a band together. 

I only mention this as having a personal research interest in magic – curses, charms and a lot of phallic symbols makes me the archaeological equivalent of an emo teenager trying to be non-conformist. This doesn’t seem so bad having successfully pidgeon-holed everyone else =)


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