Ancient History Resources for Schools

Ancient History Resources for Schools

Resources for Schools

Macquarie University events for school students and teachers

$3000 Archaeology Travel Scholarship for teachers

Macquarie University invites interested and qualified teachers of Ancient History or Studies of Religion to apply for a travel scholarship to participate in either or both of the following opportunities in January 2018:

Biblical Archaeology course in Israel. 4-23 January 2018.

Fully accredited intensive summer course on the archaeology of Ancient Israel and the Near East during the biblical period, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

To what extent can we trust the Biblical narrative? How does it stack up against evidence from archaeological and extra-biblical literary sources? This is a unique opportunity to explore the issues with world-leading experts on Ancient Israel and the Near East in an engaging course designed for teachers. The course includes illustrated lectures and visits to famous sites & museums. It is accredited for Professional Development.

See more information and the full program here.

Go on an archaeological dig. 28 January – 15 February 2018.

Be part of a new archaeological excavation at the site of Khiret el-Rai (nearby to Lachish and approx. 60 kms SW of Jerusalem)

Channel Indiana Jones as you join a unique archaeological dig directed by Macquarie University, Hebrew University and the Israel Antiquities Authority. This dig will train you in the latest scientific archaeological techniques while seeking to resolve a burning question – was there ever a united monarchy under King David and Solomon? Was this crucial site occupied by Canaanites, Philistines or Judahites (Israelites)? What can the archaeological evidence reveal?

Teachers can participate in the course, the dig or both. More details and application forms are available from:

Dr Eve Guerry or Dr Gil Davis

Visiting scholar lecture

When: 4 August 2017, 3:00-4:00pm

Where: Macquarie University, Australian Hearing Hub lecture theatre.

What: Professor Yossi Garfinkel (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), a leading scholar on the archaeology of Israel during the biblical period, will give a public lecture, entitled:

Lachish: A major Canaanite City State and the Second Largest City in the Kingdom of Judah

More details: Dr Gil Davis

Visiting scholar lecture

When: 7 August 2017, 7:30pm

Where: Macquarie University, Museum of Ancient Cultures (level 3, X5B)

What: 2017 Australian Centre for Numismatic Studies senior fellow.

Prof. Oğuz Tekin is professor of Archaeology and Art History at Koç University (Turkey) and the Director of the Suna & İnan Kıraç Research Center for Mediterranean Civilizations. He is the Vice-president of the Turkish Institute of Archaeology. He will give a public lecture entitled:

Markets and Weights in Antiquity

It is a good chance to find out about what is happening in Turkish archaeology!

More details: Dr Ken Sheedy

MALS (Macquarie Ancient Languages School)

Monday to Friday 3-7 July (Winter Week 2017)

Registration now open: for program and registration go to MALS website

Annual Conference for Teachers 2017

When?: 31 March & 1 April 2017

Where?: Powerhouse Museum and Maritime Museum

What?: A conference for teachers of Stage 6 Ancient History and Studies of Religion

Program at

 NESA accredited.

Closed and completed.

MAHA: Macquarie Ancient History Association Events

Wed 23rd March 2016

7:05 pm, Macquarie University Museum of Ancient Cultures, X5B

Dr Michael Birrell will present a lecture onMerida: a Roman City in Spain.

Wed 30th March 2016

Dr Michael Birrell will present a lecture onVolubilis: a Roman City in Morocco.

7:05 pm, Macquarie University Museum of Ancient Cultures, X5B

Sat 19th September 2016

HSC Study Day

MALS: Macquarie Ancient Languages School website

11-15 July 2016

Winter Week : 11-15 July 2016

Summer Week : 9-13 January 2017

Director: Dr Trevor Evans


Rundle Foundation for Egyptian Archaeology
(The Australian Centre for Egyptology)

Sun 3rd April 2016

Mini-Conference: The Macquarie Egyptologists will discuss their latest research

1:00pm. Auditorium, Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club.  

Sat 11th June 2016

Annual Dinner

Sat 10th September 2016

Annual Conference

SSEC: Society for the Study of Early Christianity

Tues 5th April 2016

Dr Paul W Barnett will present a lecture on Paul in Rome: some questions.

7:05pm, Macquarie University room W6A 310

Thurs 5th May 2016

Conference "Curtain Raiser". Theme "Everyday life in the time of Jesus of Nazareth"

Two great speakers:

Dr Alan Cadwallader (Australian Catholic University) with his topic: 
Parables, politics and place: who controls land and sea in Mark's Gospel?

Dr Rosemary Canavan (University of Divinity) with her topic:
Jesus Clothed in Purple.... or Scarlet.

7:05pm, Macquarie University room W6A 107

Fri 6th May 2016

Dr Alan Cadwallader, (Australian Catholic University) will present a lecture on:
The Historical Sweep of the Life of Colossae

4:00-5:30pm, Macquarie University Museum of Ancient Cultures Seminar Room (X5B)

Sat 7th May 2016

SSEC Annual Day Conference.
Theme: Everyday life in the time of Jesus of Nazareth.Confirmed seven speakers.

8:30am – 4:45pm, Robert Menzies College

Wed 18th May 2016

Sir Asher Joel Oration by Professor Mark S. Smith (New York), Topic: TBA.
Mark S. Smith has held the Skirball Chair of Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at New York University since 2000. 

7:30-9:00pm, Venue: North Shore Temple Emanuel, 28 Chatswood Ave Chatswood.

RSVP: contact Dr Gil Davis  

Fri 27th May 2016

  1. Prof Mark Smith (New York) "The Formation and Date of Judges 5".
  2. Dr Elizabeth Bloch-Smith (St Joseph's University), "Archaeology and Formation of Historical Narrative".

4:00-5:30pm, Macquarie University Museum of Ancient Cultures Seminar Room (X5B)

Further info from Kyle Keimer by email

Thurs 10th November 2016

Dr Mark Stephens (Excelsia College).  His topic is "Jesus on Film" 

7:05pm, Macquarie University room W6A 107

Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies

Digital Exhibitions:

The Coinage of Ephesus

The Ephesus Coinage website was designed to make the diverse collections of Ephesian coins available to the students of the Department of Ancient History, and to the wider public.

The Coinage of Julius Caesar

The web exhibition Julius Caesar highlights some of the 800 coins in the Gale Roman Republic Collection, an invaluable resource for the teaching of Roman history and numismatics.

Macquarie Asian Historical Research Society

The Macquarie Asian Historical Research Society (MAHRS) was founded by PhD Candidates at Macquarie who felt a need for greater rapport between fellow students who had research interests in Asian history. MAHRS is not only a society, but a forum within which members may discuss and contest ideas on aspects of Asian historical cultures.

We aim to keep our ‘ears to the ground’ and to inform our members of the goings-on in Asian historical research in Australia and abroad.

Resources for Ancient Rome 

Check out these exciting classroom resources. Each of these are a great trigger to use at the start of a lesson.

Check back soon for more material and updates.

Blog: Lucius’ Romans 
6 minute Cartoon Film: A Glimpse of Teenage Life in Ancient Rome 
8 minute cartoon: Four Sisters in Ancient Rome 
2 minute film: The Roman Nursing Goddess: Dea Nutrix 
2 minute film: How Migration Shaped Britain Part 1 
5 minute cartoon: A Day in the Life of a Roman Client 

More coming soon!

Resources for Ancient Greece 

Check out this great resource for use in your classroom:

Barefaced Greek is a UK-based production company. They are focused on making short films that include excerpts from Greek tragedy and comedy in the original language. 

You can check out the films via their website,

Resources for Ancient Egypt 

Coming soon!

Ancient History video lectures by Macquarie University

WATCH video of 2016 Ancient History and Studies of Religion Conference.

Ancient History Teachers' Panel Discussion at Macquarie University with Mr Darren Taylor, HSIE Inspector, NESA. 14 November, 2016.

'History or Literature? (The Origins of ASCS)', by Emeritus Prof. Edwin Judge AM, read by Prof. Alanna Nobbs AM - Part 1 of 2.

'History or Literature? Or how we fell into this bind' (follow up presentation) by Emeritus Prof. Edwin Judge AM - Part 2 of 2.

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