“A thousand roads lead men forever to Rome”; Alain de Lille, 1175

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University of Portsmouth, Sat. 3rd September to Sun. 4th September 2016

Burn Hall Hotel, York, Sat. 12th Nov. to Sun. 13th Nov. 2016

To celebrate the work and legacy of Ivan Donald Margary, the 20th century’s most influential Roman roads researcher & historian, we have brought together internationally renowned academics, Romanists and Roman roads researchers to explore how we can better understand the Roman road network in Britain and the strategic planning that underpinned it.

Margary’s name is synonymous with the study of Roman roads, indeed he has had more influence over our understanding of the Roman road network in Britain than any other individual researcher. His gazetteer, “Roman Roads in Britain”, remains the most comprehensive and detailed work ever written, over 60 years since it was first published.  Margary numbers, the system he devised for numbering and classifying Roman roads are still used by archaeologists today. Ivan Donald Margary died on the 18th February 1976 and to mark the 40th anniversary, the Roman Roads Research Association is hosting two conferences in Portsmouth and in York.

Nationally renowned Roman archaeologists, researchers, and academics will describe some of their recent work and discoveries in this field and will demonstrate how new technologies and approaches have moved and will continue to move forward our understanding of the Roman road network our understanding in the years to come.   Speakers will show how Roman Roads research has delivered a great number of new discoveries, roads, forts, signal stations, settlements and associated sites.  Speakers and discussion groups will provide a stimulating and rewarding programme for everyone attending.

The York conference comprises two days in which six key themes are explored through the talks and discussion groups involving all. Everyone who attends will be encouraged to participate to help us as an association to shape and move forward future research on and understanding of Roman Roads in Britain.

What’s Included?

All conference sessions and discussion groups.  A two course lunch is provided free of charge on both Saturday and Sunday as are refreshments at all breaks throughout the conference programme. The cost is just £45.00 per person.  

Optional Margary Memorial Dinner

The optional three course Margary Memorial conference dinner takes place on Saturday evening. Accommodation if required can be booked through RRRA.


For those coming by train, we have arranged a free collection service on Saturday morning from York Station, last collection at 9 am.

Displays/Stalls/Book Sales

There will be space in the main hall for displays, stalls and posters for delegates to view during breaks.  If any delegate, on behalf of their organisation, wishes to set up a stall, please let us know.

PLEASE NOTE: The last time and date for Bookings for York is Sunday 6th November August 2016, 12 noon

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