From 8 to 9 November 2023, the LVR Archaeological Park Xanten will host the international conference on the topic of „Ritual acts in sanctuaries in the Roman provinces“.
Reconstruction image of the large Gallo-Roman ambulatory temple on Insula 13, Colonia Ulpia Traiana
Roman life was characterised by religion and cult. One of the basic principles of ancient religions is that of mutuality: The gods grant protection and help, and in return they receive worship and offerings from the people. In order to comply with this concept of mutuality, communication with the gods is required. This communication expresses itself in rituals and symbolic actions following a largely standardised behaviour. These include mainly the dedication of offerings, sacrifices and cult meals.
This was also the case in Colonia Ulpia Traiana. New excavations in the area of a Gallo-Roman temple on Insula 13 offer exciting insights into the religious activities of the people living at the site, which is now part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Frontiers of the Roman Empire – The Lower German Limes”.
The conference is aimed at gathering, discussing, and re-evaluating new results produced by latest / recent archaeological activities or the reassessment of old excavations. Taken together, this will contribute to the understanding of the religious life in Roman times on the UNESCO World heritage site “Frontiers of the Roman Empire – The Lower German Limes”.
The main focus will be on questions concerning concrete ritual acts such as sacrificial meals or cult meals, sacrificial rituals and dedications, their manifestation in the finds and the resulting possibilities and limits of interpretation.
The "Entdeckerforum" in the LVR-Archaeological Parc Xanten
The conference venue is the "Entdeckerforum" in the LVR-Archaeological Park Xanten.
You reach the venue best via the Park´s entrance at the LVR-RömerMuseum at Trajanstraße 10. There is free car parking at the entrance. The location is at 20 minutes' walking distance from Xanten train station.