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Terracotta Figurine Session at Reading, March 2014

The Biennial International Roman Archaeology Conference (RAC) in collaboration with the Roman Society, together with TRAC (Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference), will be held from the 28th to the 30th of March 2014 at the University of Reading, UK. The conference will be spread over two and a half days across Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning. Information can be found in the provisional web-page

One session of RAC, organised by Elena Martelli, will be about terracottas and their production and use in domestic, religious and funerary contexts within the Mediterranean basin. The session will be formed by 6 papers of 30 minutes. Provisional information about the speakers and papers are presented below:

1. Composite bodies: gods, humans and the anatomical votive in the Republican sanctuary. Emma-Jayne Graham (Open University, UK)

2. Clay artefacts from Roman Ostia: overview of patterns of consumption in urban and funerary contexts. Elena Martelli (University of Reading, UK)

3. Iconography related to oriental cults on clay lamps and figurines in the Roman area. Melissa Marani (Università degli Studi della Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy)

4. Clay figurines, masks and animal-shaped vessels in children’s burials in Roman Imperial Africa. Solenn de Larminat (Université Paris-Sorbonne, France)

5. Terracottas from Roman Palestine: Workshops, Shrines and Tombs. Adi Erlich (University of Haifa, Israel)

6. Terracottas in a domestic context: the case of the House of Orpheus in Nea Paphos, Cyprus. Demetrios Michaelides, (University of Cyprus), Giorgos Papantoniou (Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland), and Maria Dikomitou-Eliadou, (University of Cyprus)

The call is open for TRAC session proposals and the deadline is the 31st September 2013 ( Proposals should include a title and abstract (no more than 250 words in length). They should also comprise a list of proposed speakers and draft titles (all of which have agreed in principle). A full session will have six speakers, a half-session will have three. All should have a clear theoretical dimension and emphasis to them. The conference languages are English, German, and French. Additional information can be found on the website of the Department of Archaeology, University of Reading and at

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