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The 30th Congress of RCRF was organized by UNIARQ- Center for Archaeology, University of Lisbon (Faculty of Letters) with the collaboration of the Directorate General for Cultural Heritage and the National Archaeology Museum.

In this Congress the main theme was "New Perspectives on Roman Pottery: Regional Patterns in a Global Empire", to make a reflection on the different regional consumption patterns of various categories of Roman pottery.



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Review of the 30th Congress of the REI CRETARIAE ROMANAE FAUTORES
Lisbon, Portugal, 25th September – 2nd October 2016

Report by Tatjana Cvjeticanin

In Lisbon, we were quests of the UNIARQ, the Center for Archaeology of the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon. In partnership with the Directorate General for Cultural Heritage, the National Archaeology Museum, Lisbon City Council and Foundation for Science and Technology and assistance of the different museums and institutions, 30th congress of the Fautores was impeccably prepared by Dr. Catarina Viegas, ably assisted by Organizing committee (Inês Vaz Pinto, Rui Morais, José Carlos Quaresma and Elisa de Sousa) and many volunteers.

Very hot last week of September around 180 participants devoted to variety of interesting subjects under main topic New Perspectives on Roman Pottery: Regional Patterns in a Global Empire, seeking to find in overall similarity of Roman ceramics all specifics and individuality of an each region. 49 oral and 71 poster presentations depicted and discussed diversity and differences of various categories of Roman pottery, influences of previous traditions, particular role and place of each province within the Roman realm, looking for for regional patterns. The Faculty provided fine place for lectures and display of posters, and outdoor spaces for breaks and midday meals, being altogether excellent meeting space. 

In addition to a full programme of lectures and poster sessions, we were also treated to the full day excursion to Tróia (with hands-on pottery displays and presentation of the book Lusitanian Amphorae – Production and Distribution that every participant got as a present). Day in the Belém was spent in the National Archaeology Museum and in the Centre for Archaeology of Lisbon City Council, in the very good combination of lectures, hands-on pottery displays and visiting exhibitions in the Museum. The particularly special one was the exhibition on the Roman pottery research in Lusitania and Howard Comfort’s work on that topic, very exciting introduction to the 60th anniversary of the Fautores in the 2017.
Again, the congress of the RCRF was kind of a special school, unique place for many of us to discuss and share, to see important current work of many different specialists, to make partners and friends, and it was not reserved just for members.

At the General Meeting of the RCRF held at the end of the congress, as Pia Eschbaumer had completed her twelve years of office as the secretary, Catarina Viegas was elected as a secretary for the next six years. Platon Petridis was elected as an ordinary member of the Council for the next six years as well. At the General Meeting of the RCRF talk about the future of the Acta started, to be continued via a query that will be sent to all members, and decision is expected at the next meeting, at the congress in Cluj, Romania, in 2018.  Proposition was made for the 2020 congress to be in Athens, Greece.
The farewell reception was in the Rectorate of the University.

The congress was followed by a one-day post-congress tour to Conimbriga, and the tour next day of Roman Lisbon.

First circular

30th Congress of the Rei Cretariae Romanae Fautores

 “New Perspectives on Roman Pottery: Regional Patterns in a Global Empire”

Dear Fautores, Friends and Colleagues:
It is our great honor to invite you to participate in the 30th Congress of the Rei Cretariae Romanae Fautores, to be held in Lisbon, Portugal, from the 25th September until the 2nd October 2016. The Conference will be organized by UNIARQ, the Center for Archaeology, University of Lisbon (Faculty of Letters) with the collaboration of the Directorate General for Cultural Heritage and the National Archaeology Museum.
The RCRF seeks to promote research and communication on all forms of Roman pottery, including lamps. In this Congress, we would like to propose a reflection on the different regional consumption patterns of various categories of Roman pottery.
Participation is open to every scholar, not only to members of the RCRF (max. 180 participants, with priority given to Fautores, in order of application).
Arrivals are expected on Sunday (25th September) with a welcoming session in the late afternoon in the National Archaeology Museum, in the Belém monumental area. The congress sessions will take place in the University of Lisbon (Faculty of Letters), and in the National Archaeology Museum. A one-day trip to the Roman ruins at Tróia is also planned. Several pottery displays/exhibitions of Roman pottery from Roman sites in Portugal will also be arranged.
The length of lectures is restricted to 15 minutes. As the number of lectures is limited, we ask you to prepare a poster instead of lecture whenever possible. There will be sufficient space and time for posters (in A0 format). Each participant should give no more than one lecture or poster. We ask you to offer papers in conformity with the theme of the congress, although papers on other topics may also be accepted. Participants are kindly encouraged to use PowerPoint presentations.
The congress languages will be English, Italian, French, German and Spanish.

A post-Congress tour (optional) will take us to the Ruins and Museum of the Roman town of Conimbriga (Saturday, 1st October), and a walking tour of Roman Lisbon will also take place on Sunday. For those participating in the post-Congress tour departure will be on Sunday (2nd October, late afternoon).

Lisbon can be easily reached by plane, train and/or bus. Hotel accommodation details will be provided on the Congress website:
If you wish to participate, please complete the registration form that accompanies this announcement and send it via e-mail or air mail to the permanent contact address before 15 December 2015.

Financial support in the form of a small number of grants will be available from the RCRF Trust in order to help those who would otherwise be prevented by financial hardship from attending the congress. Grants could cover congress fee, accommodation or travel costs.
The Congress fee is expected to be 240 Euros and includes: access to opening ceremony and welcome reception, access to National Museum and Tróia ruins, access to closing ceremony, access to all scientific sessions and poster displays, access to exhibition and pottery displays, congress kit, coffee breaks, lunch or dinner once a day, excursions.
The fee does not include: Travel expenses, accommodation, post-congress tour, receipt of the published Acta.
A second circular with further details will be forwarded in February 2016 only to those who are registered.
Please copy this circular and pass it on to any interested colleagues and students or display it.
Catarina Viegas

General Information:
Key Dates:
Start Date: 25th September 2016
End Date: 2nd October 2016
Post Congress Tour Date: 1st-2nd October 2016
Provisional registration Deadline: 15th December 2015
Second circular: February 2016
Abstract Submission Deadline: 15th June 2016
Poster Submission Deadline: 15th July 2016
Manuscript Submission Deadline (for publication): 31st December 2016

Catarina Viegas
30th RCRF Congress Lisbon 2016
UNIARQ – Centro de Arqueologia da Universidade de Lisboa
Faculdade de Letras de Lisboa
Alameda da Universidade
1600-214 Lisboa

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Second circular

March 24, 2016

Dear Fautores, Friends and Colleagues:

We would like to thank you for the great interest in the 30th Congress of the Rei Cretariae Romanae Fautores, which will be held in Lisbon from the 25thto the 30th of September with an optional tour on Saturday and Sunday. We have more than 200 preliminary registrations with 73 proposals for lectures and 75 for posters. We are no longer accepting any further applications. The final list of oral presentations, as well as the Provisional Scientific Programme, will soon be posted on the Congress website (

1. Final Registration submission
Please return the final registration form, as well as an abstract (for both posters and lectures), to the Congress email address: by 31st May 2016. The final registration form is available on the Congress website:
Payment must be received by 31st May 2016.

2. The Congress Venue
The Congress will take place at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon (Faculdade de Letras de Lisboa).

3. Programme
a) Lectures
We have received a large number of proposals for lectures that are now going through a selection process by the Organizing Committee. Priority will be given to lectures in conformity with the main theme of Congress. As the submitted lectures exceed the limit of our tight schedule, the participants will be asked in some cases to prepare a poster instead of a lecture. The length of lectures is strictly limited to 15 minutes, allowing 5 minutes for questions and discussion. Participants are kindly encouraged to use PowerPoint presentations. All the text in the PowerPoint, as well as captions to images should be in English, if possible, especially when you are speaking in another language.
The congress languages will be English, Italian, French, German and Spanish.
Please check profile drawings and ceramics for good visibility. Profile drawings should be filled and ceramic illustrations should be enlarged. Don't overload your slides with too many images and especially lists or diagrams.

b) Poster
The posters will be displayed from Monday until Friday, and a poster session will take place on Wednesday, 28th September (Faculty of Letters main corridors). Posters must be presented in vertical format and in DIN A0 size (84,1 cm X 118,8 cm). Information on the possibility of printing the poster in Lisbon prior to the Conference will soon be available on the Congress website (file formats, schedules and costs). This could be an option especially for those travelling with low-cost companies.

c) A provisional programme (listing all presentations accepted and any further change to the programme later) will soon be posted on the conference website ( Please check your name and lecture/poster theme for discrepancies. In case of mistakes please contact the organization team immediately.

4. Abstracts
The deadline for abstracts (both lectures and posters) is 31st May, 2016. Abstracts should be limited to 300 words in Word Format. The abstract file should also include:
Abstract title;
Presenting author and co-authors details (names and contacts).
A short summary of all lectures and posters will be compiled in the abstract booklet. All participants will receive a copy on their arrival.

5. Publication in the Acta
The publication of papers in the Acta of the RCRF will take place in our usual manner (subject to peer review). The deadline for submission will be 30th December 2016. Guidelines for authors are available on the RCRF website. Please note that the Acta are not included in the Congress fee. Members of the RCRF receive a copy as a benefit of membership. Non-members can order the Acta from Dr. Rudolf Habelt GmbH.

6. Accommodation

The Congress fee does not include the costs of accommodation. If you’re participating in the post-Congress tour, you should book your accommodation in Lisbon for Saturday and Sunday too. Our trip to Conimbriga will bring us back to Lisbon on the same day (late afternoon). The Roman Lisbon walking tour will be finished by the end of the day. There are plenty of accommodation options in Lisbon, easily found online. Some of these are advertised on the Congress website.

7. Excursion
During the Congress, there will be a one-day excursion to Tróia (on Tuesday 27th September), and the sessions on 29th September will take place in the National Archaeology Museum (Lisbon- Belém area). Buses will depart in the morning from the Faculty of Letters to take us to both places and come back in the late afternoon.

8. Post-Congress Tour
The optional post-Congress tour to Conimbriga (Museum and ruins) will take place on 1st October (Saturday) at an extra cost of 30 EUR. This tour includes transportation (from the Faculty of Letters in Lisbon and back), lunch and guided visits to the Museum and the ruins, as well as a hands-on pottery display. The fee does not include accommodation on Saturday.
The second day of post-Congress tour will be a walking tour in Lisbon. Lunch is not included, as there will be several options in the Lisbon downtown area.

9. Congress fee
The Congress fee is 220 EUR. This includes the programme and abstract book; coffee breaks and lunches and the final dinner; the excursion to Tróia and the visit to the National Archaeology Museum. The Congress fee does not include travel expenses or accommodation during the Congress and the optional post-Congress tours.
Those accompanying the participants must pay the same fee as participants.

10. Methods of payment
Payments should be made to the Faculty of Letters by bank transfer, as follows:
AMOUNT: Congress fee (220 EUR)
Post-Congress tour to Conimbriga (30 EUR)
PAYMENT IN FAVOUR OF: Faculdade de Letras de Lisboa
Alameda da Universidade – 1600-214 Lisboa
BANK: Caixa Geral de Depósitos
IBAN: PT50 0035 0824 00011450130 14
Please note that any bank charges for this transfer must be borne by the

The deadline for bank transfer is 31st May 2016.
We ask the participants to provide, via email, a copy of the bank transfer.
Any registration for which the copy of the bank transfer has not been received by
that date will be cancelled.
If you know earlier that you will not be attending the congress, please let us know.
Please note that if you want to cancel your registration after the fee has been paid, your fee may be refunded at the discretion of the Organizing Committee just until the end of July. Payments will be made according to the daily updated currency exchange rate.

11. Visa
If you need an official confirmation of registration for a visa application, please contact us.

Please do not hesitate to contact us (, if you have any question concerning the registration guidelines or the Congress organization.
Check the Congress website: ( for updates and information.

We look forward to seeing you in Lisbon,
Yours sincerely,

Organizing Committee
Catarina Viegas, coordinator
Inês Vaz Pinto,
Rui Morais,
José Carlos Quaresma,
Elisa de Sousa.

Local Organizing Committee
Rui de Almeida,
Ana Patrícia Magalhães,
Patrícia Brum,
Carolina Grilo,
Catarina Alves.

Final Programme (update 22.08.2016)

"New Perspectives on Roman Pottery:
​Regional Patterns in a Global Empire"

For the list of lectures, Post Congress excursions and the list of posters please look to the Lisbon congress website:
You can also download the PDF from here: Programm PDF

Sunday, 25th September. Lisbon. National Archaeology Museum, Lisbon (Belém area)

18.00 Arrival and Registration
18.30 Get-together, Welcome session

Monday, 26th September. Lisbon. Faculty of Letters

Poster display – main corridors.
08.30 Registration
09.00 Opening ceremony
09.20 Director of Faculty of Letters, General Director of Cultural Heritage,
          Councillor responsible for Culture of the Lisbon City Hall,
          Director of the National Archaeology Museum, President of the Rei Cretariae Romanae Fautores
10.00 Opening Lecture. Carlos Fabião: Not so peripheral. Lusitania within the Roman Empire
10.40–11.00 Coffee break
           New Perspectives on Roman Pottery: Regional Patterns in a Global Empire Iberian Peninsula
11.00-13.00 Lectures
13.00-14.20 Lunch break
14.20-16.00 Lectures
16.00-16.20 Coffee break
          Italy and Cisalpine Gaul
16.20-18.40 Lectures

Tuesday, 27th September. Visit to Tróia

07.30 Departure from Lisbon, Faculty of Letters.
09.15 Ferry from Setúbal to Tróia
10.00-13.00 Visit to Tróia
13.30-15.00 Lunch break
15.00-15.40 Presentation of the book “Lusitanian Amphorae – Production and Distribution”
15.45 Hands-on pottery display of Lusitanian amphoras from kiln sites: Peniche, Tejo valley, Sado Valley and Algarve.
Pottery assemblages from Tróia
17.00 Departure to Lisbon
17.25 Ferry from Tróia to Setúbal
19.00 Arrival to Lisbon

Wednesday, 28th September. Lisbon, Faculty of Letters

09.00-10.40 Lectures
          Sardinia and Sicily
10.40-11.00 Lecture
11.00-11.20 Coffee break
11.20-11.40 Lecture
          Transalpine Gaul, Germany and Austria
11.40-13.00 Lectures
13.00-14.00 Lunch break
14.00-14.40 Lectures
          Eastern provinces
14.40-15.20 Lectures
15.20-16.00 Poster session and pottery display.
                    Pottery assemblages from the Algarve, Tejo Valley and Bracara Augusta.
16.00-16.20 Coffee break
16.30-18.30 Poster session and pottery display

Thursday, 29th September. Lisbon, National Archaeology Museum Lisbon (Belém area)

8.00 Departure from Faculty of Letters
9.00 Arrival to the National Archaeology Museum (Belém)
        Director of the National Archaeology Museum – António Carvalho
        Eastern provinces
10.20-10.40 Lecture
10.40-11.00 Coffee break
11.20-12.00 Lectures
12.00-13.30 Lunch break in the Cultural Centre of Belém (100 m from the Museum)
13.30-15.40 Visit to the Centre for Archaeology of Lisbon City Council
                    Hands-on pottery display. Pottery assemblages from Lisbon
16.00-16.20 Coffee break back in the National Archaeology Museum
16.40 Hands-on pottery display / visit to the Museum
          Pottery assemblages from Balsa; Lisbon and Tróia.
18.00 Departure to the Faculty of Letters

Friday 30th September. Lisbon, Faculty of Letters

        Eastern provinces
9.00-10.20 Lectures
        The Balkans and the Danube region        
10.20-10.40 Lecture
10.40–11.00 Coffee break
11.00-12.00 Lectures
12.00-13.20 Lunch break
13.20-16.00 Lectures
16.00-16.20 Coffee break
    Main Hall of the Rectorate of the University of Lisbon (across the street from the Faculty of Letters)
16.40-17.20 Closing Conference
17.40 General Meeting of the RCRF members
20.00 Closing dinner at the Rectorate

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Post-Congress excursions:

Saturday, 1st October
Visit to Conimbriga (Museum and ruins)
7.30 departure from Lisbon (Faculty of Letters)
9.30-10.00 arrival at Conimbriga
11.00-12.30 visit to the ruins and the Museum (several groups)
13.00-14.30 lunch break (in the Museum)
Exhibition and hands-on pottery display
17.00 departure to Lisbon
19.00 - arrival at Lisbon (Faculty of Letters)

Sunday, 2nd October - Walking tour to Roman Lisbon.
09.00 - Meeting point at S. Jorge Castle ticket office
Visit to the Castle, Museological unit and Archaeological unit
Roman Theatre Museum
Lisbon Cathedral
Casa dos Bicos