Thermae in context: The Roman Bath in Town and in Life

international conference – 21-24. Feb 2013

The international conference “thermae in Context – the Roman Bath in Town and in Life” will take place from 21st until 24th February 2013 at the cultural centre for encounter of Neumünster Abbey in Luxembourg-City. During this conference, renowned archaeologists as well as young researchers from at least ten different countries will meet, present their studies and discuss two aspects of the social function of Roman bath buildings. The conference will start with an excursion to the Roman vicus at Dalheim and its bath building. This trip prepares the first session of the following day when three lectures cover the Roman settlement at Dalheim. The first item of the conference will be all activities which are not directly related to bathing and body care. They can be ascertained from small finds from different areas of the bath building. The second topic will be urban planning and the position of a bath building in the geographical and social context of Roman settlements. The combination of these two issues should give new impetus to future studies on Roman baths and thermae beyond the (usual) analyses of architecture, room sequences and corresponding literary sources. The conference will conclude with an excursion to Trier to experience the archaeological richness of the spectacular Imperial and Barbara Baths.


Thursday, 21 February 2013

  • 14.30 : Bus trip to Dalheim, visit of the Roman site.
  • 17.45 : Reception at the municipality of Dalheim

Friday, 22 February 2013

  • 9.00 – 9.30 : F. Le Brun (MNHA/CNRA Luxembourg, L), Th. Fischer (University of Cologne, D), A. Binsfeld (University of Luxembourg, L), Welcome and introduction

Session 1: Dalheim (Luxembourg)

  • 9.30 – 10.00 : J. Krier (MNHA/CNRA, L), Der römische vicus in Dalheim
  • 10.00 – 10.30 : H. Pösche (University of Cologne, D), Balnea Ricciensium, The Roman baths at Dalheim
  • 10.30 – 11.00 : P. Henrich (Deutsche Limeskommission, D), The theatre and the baths at Dalheim – a religious architectural complex?
  • 11.00 – 11.30 : coffee/tea break

Session 2: Small finds

  • 11.30 – 12.00 : S. Hoss (Small Finds Archaeology, NL), Small finds in Roman thermae: The state of research
  • 12.00 – 12.30 : A. Whitmore (University of Iowa, USA), Artefact Assemblages from Roman Baths: Expected, Typical, and Rare Finds.
  • 12.30 – 13.30 : Lunch
  • 13.30 – 14.00 : C. Vernou (Musée archéologique Dijon, F), Public thermal baths, private baths, military baths of the Lingones Civitas. Do there exist specific artifacts derived from excavations of Roman baths?
  • 14.00 – 14.30  : H. Sedlmayer (Österreichisches Archäologisches Institut, AT), The Great Baths in Carnuntum (Pannonia Superior/AT). History deduced from spoil.
  • 14.30 – 15.00 : E. Vigier (University of Lyon, F), Hygiene and medicine in Lugdunum’s baths : the instrumentum
  • 15.00 – 16.00 : Poster Session and coffee/tea break

Session 3: Bathing and military

  • 16.00 – 16.30 : C. S. Sommer (Landesarchäologie Bayern, D), The “urban” context of baths in military vici in Southern Germany
  • 16.30 – 17.00 : M. Scholz (Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, D), Decline and end of Roman bathhouses at the limes in the 3rd century AD.
  • 17.00 – 17.30 : S. Vanhoutte (Onroerend Erfgoed, B), The bath building in late Roman forts in the north-west of the Roman Empire. The case of the Roman castellum of Oudenburg (Belgium).
  • 17.30 – 18.00 : Discussion
  • 18.30 – 20 h : Conference dinner / Buffet in Abbaye Neumünster
  • 20.00 Public Lecture : J. Krier, Götter und Kulte im römischen Dalheim

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Session 4: thermae in Roman towns and cities

  • 9.00 – 9.30 : J.-P. Petit (Parc archéologique européen, D/F), Public baths of the vicus of Bliesbruck.
  • 9.30 – 10.00 : H. Sütterlin / T. Tännler (BKSD Basel, CH), The Roman Baths in Augusta Raurica: Their location and their small finds
  • 10.00 – 10.30 : G. Breitner (Landesmuseum Trier, D), The baths of Trier in the transformation of urban design
  • 10.30 – 11.00 : coffee / tea break

Session 5: Bathing and religion

  • 11.00 – 11.30 : J. Scheid (Collège de France, F), Water, Baths and Gods. Reflections on the so-called spring-cults and the bathing practice
  • 11.30 – 12.00 : C. Hartz (University of Paris, F), Baths in the great sanctuaries of Roman Gaul: location and chronology
  • 12.00 – 13.00 : Lunch
  • 13.00 – 13.30 : K. Erdman (University of Minnesota, USA), Water Equality? A comparison of small finds from springs and baths
  • 13.30 – 14.00 : G. Kremer (Archäologischer Park Carnuntum, AT), The sculptural décor of the thermae in Carnuntum
  • 14.00 – 14.30 : coffee / tea break

Session 6: Bathing and health

  • 14.30 – 15.00 : A. Bouet (University of Toulouse, F), Des thermes thérapeutiques dans les cités de la Gaule ?
  • 15.00 – 15.30 : A. Schaer (Kantonsarchäologie Baden, CH), The texture of the city (Baden – Aquae Helveticae bathing town)
  • 15.30 – 16.00 : A. Schaub (Stadtarchäologie Aachen, D), The Roman baths at Aachen
  • 16.00 – 16.30 : Discussion
  • 16.30 – 18.00 : Possibility to visit the National Museum of History and Art (MNHA)

Sunday, 24 February 2013

  • 9.00 – 14.00 : Bus trip to Trier, visit of the bath buildings.


Ministère de la culture Luxembourg ǀ Centre national de recherche archéologique Université de Luxembourg ǀ Universität zu Köln ǀ Supported by the Fonds National de la Recherche Luxembourg

Scientific Committee

  • Prof. Thomas Fischer ǀ Universität zu Köln,
  • Prof. Andrea Binsfeld ǀ Université de Luxembourg,
  • Dr. Peter Henrich ǀ Deutsche Limeskommission,
  • Dr. Stefanie Hoss ǀ Small finds archaeology,
  • Heike Pösche MA ǀ Universität zu Köln

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