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

Programme

All sessions of papers are in Lecture Theatre A, Physics Building, North Haugh. Cavalry displays are also on the North Haugh at the west end of town. Social events are held in venues at the east end, at the university core.

Monday 6th June

17:00 - 19:00 Registration and informal drinks (Swallowgate, Butts Wynd)

Tuesday 7th June

09.00 - 09.30 Registration (Physics Building, North Haugh)
09.30 - 10.00 Introductory Address: Jon Coulston
10.00 - 10.40 Keynote: Mike Bishop, Trapp’d in silver: Roman cavalry equipment revisited.
10.40 - 11.00 Coffee
11.00 - 13.30 Panel 1: The Visual Impact of the Roman Soldier. Chair: Stefanie Hoss.
11.00 - 11.20 Boris Burandt, Embossed or painted? A new study on Roman shield decoration.
11.20 - 11.40 Jennifer Schamper, Individuality or mainstream? Iconography on the so-called ‘Cavalry Sports Equipment’.
11.40 - 12.00 Eva Rucinski, Iconography on cheek pieces of Roman imperial equestrian helmets.
12.00 - 12.20 Sebastian Schuckelt, Just for show? The use of chamfrons by the Roman cavalry.
12.20 - 12.40 Stefanie Hoss, The Roman military belt: a fashion item.
13.00 - 13.30 Discussion
13.30 - 14.30 Lunch
14.30 - 16.00 Panel 2: Riding Through Time. Chair: Phil Freeman.
14.30 - 14.50  John Conyard, Reconstructing Classical and Hellenistic Greek cavalry
14.50 - 15.10  Maxime Petitjean, Roman cavalry tactics during the late Republic and the Principate.
15.10 - 15.30  David Breeze, The cohortes equitatae of the Roman army.
15.30 - 16.00  Discussion
16.00 - 16.30  Tea
16.30 - 17.40 Panel 3: Harness. Chair: Bill Griffiths
16.30 - 16.50 Vaclav Gresak, Reconstruction of the Gallo-Roman riding saddle.
16.50 - 17.10 Mike Bishop, Pimp my ride: saddle plates and long-reining amongst the Early Imperial cavalry.
17.10 - 17.30 Discussion
17.30 - 17.50 Jon Coulston, Roman military equipment in North Britain (excursion briefing).

19.00 - 21.00

 

Conference Reception (Museum of the University of St Andrews, 3a The Scores)

Welcome address: Prof. Jason König, Head of The School of Classics.
Exhibition of cavalry harness artefacts and Gurkha kukhris in MUSA.

Wednesday 8th June

  Full day excursion to Antonine Wall sites and museums

Assemble in front of Agnes Blackadder Hall 7:45am.

Thursday 9th June

09.00 - 11.00 Panel 4: Riding Around the Empire 1. Chair: Carol van Driel-Murray
09.00 - 09.20 Fraser Hunter, Alice Blackwell and Martin Goldberg, Late Roman silver military equipment from Scotland – from strap ends to a Spangenhelm.
09.20 - 09.40 Barbara Birley, Hooves on the ground: tablets, finds and structural evidence for cavalry at Vindolanda.
09.40 - 10.00 Tatiana Ivleva, A bangle for a horse? Use and abuse of glass bracelets on military and indigenous sites in Roman Britain.
10.00 - 10.20 Peter Henrich and Jennifer Morscheiser-Niebergall, Horseshoe-shaped fittings from Gallic and German sites: equestrian equipment or ‘civilian balteus’?
10.20 - 10.40 Andreas Thiel, Virtus at the limes: a cavalry sports shieldboss from Welzheim.
10.40 - 11.00 Discussion
11.00 - 11.30 Coffee
11.30 - 13.30 Panel 5: Riding Around the Empire 2. Chair: David Breeze.
11.30 - 11.50 Marenne Zandstra, Bits and pieces: 1st century horse gear from Roman military sites on the Lower Rhine.
11.50 - 12.10 Stephan Weiß-König, „Spurensuche zur Legionsreiterei im Lager der 10. Legion in Nijmegen“.
12.10 - 12.30 Maarten Dolmans, Deurne revisited: a Late Roman Cavalry Helmet tells a story.
12.30 - 12.50 Domagoj Tončinić and Sanja Ivčević, Spätrepublikanische und augusteische Militaria aus Tilurium.
12.50 - 13.30 Discussion
13.30 - 14.30 Lunch
14.30 - 15.30 Cavalry Display I
15.30 - 16.30 Panel 6: Riding Around the Empire 3. Chair: Guy Stiebel.
15.30 - 15.50 Mojca Vomer Gojkovič, Traces of Roman Cavalry in Poetovio.
15.50 - 16.10 Maja Janežič, Evgen Lazar and Janka Istenič, A saddle horn and other cavalry equipment from recent excavations at Poetovio (Ptuj, Slovenia).
16.10 - 16.30 Discussion
16.30 - 17.00 Tea
17.00 - 18.00 Plenary Discussion: Hadrian’s Cavalry. Introduction: Bill Griffiths, Recreating Roman Cavalry Drill.
19:00 - 21:00  Whisky Tasting (Swallowgate, Butts Wynde)

Friday 10th June

09.00 - 11.00 Panel 7: Diverse Topics 1. Chair: Sonja Jilek.
09.00 - 09.20 Jeremy Armstrong, (Yet another) Examination of the origins and adoption of the pilum.
09.20 - 09.40 Rob Collins, RoMEC-3D! Laser-scanning military equipment from Hadrian’s Wall.
09.40 - 10.00 Eckhard Deschler-Erb, Die römische Armee in den Alpen: Militaria aus Martigny (Kanton Wallis-CH).
10.00 - 10.20 Balázs Komoróczy, Martin Hložek and Marek Vlach, The Roman military equipment metallography analyses from Hradisko (Burgstall) at Mušov and comparative dataset from the South Moravia region, the Czech Republic.
10.20 - 10.40 Martin Moser and Alexander Zimmermann, Twelve per Minute: arriving at realistic data in experimental archaeology.
10.40 - 11.00 Discussion
11.00 - 11.30 Coffee
11.30 - 13.30 Panel 8: Diverse Topics 2. Chair: Eckhard Deschler-Erb.
11.30 - 11.50 J.H. Reid and A. Nicholson, Ballistic artefacts from Burnswark, Dumfriesshire, and the offensive capabilities of the Roman army in north Britain.
11.50 - 12.10 Achim Rost and Susanne Wilbers-Rost, The ‘conflict landscape’ of Kalkriese: ancient written sources and archaeological evidence.
12.10 - 12.30 Joanne Ball, The archaeological visibility of different Roman army troop types in conflict landscape assemblages.
12.30 - 12.50 Ulrich Stockinger, Dressed to drill: the equipment of Roman centurions in the light of their sepulchral monuments.
12.50 - 13.10 Bettina Tremmel, Military equipment from the base at Olfen and Barkhausen, Germany.
12.10 - 13.30 Discussion
13.30 - 14.30 Lunch
14.30 - 15.30 Cavalry Display II
15.30 - 16.30 Panel 9: Riding Out of the Empire. Chair: Thomas Grane.
15.30 - 15.50 Xenia Pauli Jensen, Variations on a theme: South Scandinavian horse harness fittings.
15.50 - 16.10 Katarzyna Czarnecka and Wojciech Siciński, Connected traditions: an unusual scabbard of a spatha from the Przeworsk culture cemetery in Orenice, central Poland.
16.10 - 16.30 Bartosz Kontny and Marcin Rudnicki, Finds from Couiavia (Poland) and Domitian’s aid for the Lugii.
16.30 - 17.00 Tea
17.00 - 18.00 Panel 10: Picturing Roman Cavalry. Chair: Jon Coulston.
17.00 - 17.20 Lindsay Allason-Jones, Riding West: Cavalry Tombstones on Britain's Northern Frontier.
17.20 - 17.40 Martin Wieland, Das Fragment eines „neuen“ Vexillarius-Grabsteines aus Xanten.
17.40 - 18.00 Discussion
19.00 - 00.00 Wine Reception (Upper College Hall), Dinner (Lower College Hall), Bar and Entertainments (Upper College Hall)

Saturday 11th June

09.30 - 11.00 Panel 11: Diverse Topics 3. Chair: Lindsay Allason-Jones.
09.30 - 09.50 Carol van Driel-Murray, You’ll never walk alone… : soldiers’ shoes from Camelon fort, Falkirk
09.50 - 10.10 Miroslav Vujović, A new look at Roman military belts from Tekija.
10.10 - 10.30 Martijn Wijnhoven, A very Roman practice: copper alloy decoration in mail garments.
10.30 - 11.00 Discussion
11.00 - 11.30 Coffee
11.30 - 13.00 Panel 12: Riding from West to East. Chair: Mike Bishop.
11.30 - 11.50 Michael Marshall, First century AD cavalry equipment from the Middle Walbrook valley and other recent equine finds from Londinium.
11.50 - 12.10 Guy Stiebel, "Through the desert on a horse with no name": Cavalry in Roman Judaea.
12.10 - 12.30 Discussion
12.30 - 13.00 Plenary discussion: Armes and the future of RoMEC.
13.00 - 13.30 Concluding Addresses