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2024 Congress of the Rei Cretariae Romanae Fautores

Sunday 15 September 2024 - Sunday 22 September 2024
To be announced
in Leiden

About the congress

The next Rei Cretariae Romanae Fautores (RCRF) congress will be held in September of 2024 in Leiden. The congress is organised in collaboration with the Faculty of Archaeology of Leiden University and the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden. It will take place from the 15th to the 20th of September 2024, followed by two days of optional post-congress excursions on the 21st and 22nd of September.

This congress is intended for both the RCRF members and the broader audience of specialists in Roman pottery. Due to the focus on this field, the 2024 theme will be (Cultural) Contacts & Ceramic Contexts.

The theme

(Cultural) Contacts & Ceramic Contexts

We are continuously presented with a wealth of archaeological remains and artefacts from across the enormous area once covered by the Roman world. This growing richness continues to provide us with new research challenges as well as opportunities. Pottery was an omnipresent medium, and in certain respects, we can speak of empire-wide phenomena, such as the production of terra sigillata/red slip ware. When investigated more closely, however, we become increasingly aware that pottery was highly heterogeneous in terms of production technique, typological and decorative style, exchange range and intensity, and so forth. This perspective allows us to ask a variety of local, regional and ‘global’ questions, for instance, concerning the origin and connectivity of objects and styles (e.g., ‘local’ vs ‘non-local’; distributed/absorbed via military presence), the spatial/regional extent of certain styles and customs (e.g., urban-based; a regional feature), or the factors which are thought to have played a role in shaping regional styles and patterns (e.g., landscape; production capacity; transport possibilities).

More information

A call for papers will be published at the end of 2023, and a complete programme will be available in due time thereafter.

If you have other questions, please get in touch with the organisers, Philip Bes and Roderick Geerts, at rcrfleiden2024@gmail.com.

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