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Nineteenth Roman Military Equipment Conference
RoMEC XVIIII: Cavalry in the Roman World

Date:  6th-11th June, 2016

Location:  University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, KY16 9AL, UK

Host Institution:  School of Classics, University of St Andrews

Conference Organiser:  Dr J.C.N. Coulston, School of Classics, University of St Andrews (

The Roman Military Equipment Conference

The Roman Military Equipment Conference (RoMEC) is dedicated to the study of the military equipment of the Roman world, from the 8th century BC to the fall of the Byzantine empire. This includes all the cultures of this period in contact with Roman polities. It is open to all interested parties, professional, amateur, academic, re-enactor, archaeologist and historian.

RoMEC started as a seminar group meeting in the University of Sheffield in 1983, and has since developed into a major international conference series which has met every two to three years at Newcastle upon Tyne, Nottingham and South Shields in the UK, and on the continent at Bonn (Germany), Budapest (Hungary), København (Denmark), Leiden (Neths), Magdalensburg (Austria), Mainz (Germany), Montpellier (France), Nijmegen (Neths), Vienna (Austria), Windisch (Switzerland), Xanten (Germany) and Zagreb (Croatia). It has generally been hosted by universities and major museums, including the Natonal Museums of Denmark and Hungary, and the Kunsthistorishes Museum in Vienna. Not since 1999 has a conference been held in Britain, and St Andrews 2016 will be the first meeting in Scotland.

For the full listing of past conferences see:

The 2016 Conference Theme:  Cavalry in the Roman World

The theme of the 2016 meeting is ‘Cavalry in the Roman World’. This covers all aspects of horse-riding, mounted warfare, equipment design and military equine culture, hopefully with a reconstruction element.  In keeping with the broad RoMEC remit, not just Roman but Hellenic, Mesopotamian, Iranian, Central Asiatic, Iron Age European and North African cavalry traditions will be included. In addition there will be a session of papers dedicated specifically to ‘Hadrian’s Cavalry’.

Inclusion of the National Museum of Scotland galleries in the conference excursion is specifically intended to interface with the cavalry equipment from Newstead (Borders) which includes saddle fittings used in current reconstructions, and a number of fine cavalry sports helmets. The conference will also be an important precursor to the multi-venue exhibition with a Roman cavalry theme to be held in 2017 at sites along Hadrian’s Wall.