Ancient History Resources for Schools

Ancient History Resources for Schools

Resources for Schools

Macquarie University events for school students and teachers

Australian Centre for Egyptology

Find information on events, public lectures, current research and MQ archaeological fieldwork related to Egyptology through the Australian Centre for Egyptology (ACE).

Macquarie Ancient History Association (MAHA)

MAHA is a diverse association which provides information on recent research, social events, lectures, the opportunity to exchange ideas and a meeting point for all ancient historians and enthusiasts within the university community, schools and anyone with an interest in the subject.

See upcoming events.

$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 2019:

Biblical Archaeology course in Israel. January 2020

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 with NESA for Professional Development.See more information and the full program here.

Go on an archaeological dig. January – February 2020.

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

MALS: Macquarie Ancient Languages School

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

SSEC - The Society for the Study of Early Christianity

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.

Macquarie Ancient History Teachers Conference 2019

Using Sources - Old and New

The primary focus will be on Pompeii and Herculaneum, and speakers will include two of the most renowned scholars in this field: Professor Alison Cooley, author of Pompeii and Herculaneum: A Sourcebook (2014) and Pompeii (2013), and Macquarie University's own Professor Ray Laurence, author of Roman Pompeii: Space and Society (2010) and Pompeii: The Living City(2006). Plus – we are delighted to feature Professor Anton Powell on Sparta. Anton is the author of Athens and Sparta: Constructing Greek Political and Social History (3rd edition 2017) and the editor and co-author of the two-volume Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Sparta (2018).

Other world-leading professors will speak on Egypt, Alexander the Great, Persia and Rome. The conference program will be rounded out with short presentations on innovative learning and teacher-support materials.

When: Monday 6th May 2019

Where: Art Gallery of NSW

More Information here.

Resources for Archaeology

Virtual site study

Our comprehensive resources for a virtual site study on Macquarie's archaeological dig at the site of Khirbet el-Rai, Israel.

MQ Ancient History youtube channel

Visit the Macquarie University Ancient History youtube channel to watch clips on archaeological method and practice filmed onsite a Macquarie dig at Khirbet el-Rai, Israel in February 2018.

What is it like onsite an archaeological dig? See this short clip of Macquarie's ongoing excavations at Khirbet el-Rai to find out.

Time-lapse footage of an archaeological dig

See the progress of a real excavation over 2 weeks in just 2 minutes! Filmed onsite Macquarie University excavations at the site of Khirbet el-Rai, Israel.

Timelapse footage of an archaeological dig

Virtual Museum - Pedestal

Macquarie's collection of 3D artefacts and archaeological site.

Macquarie University Pedestal 3D

Resources for Ancient Australia

These resources have been developed for the Museum of Ancient Cultures with the generous support of Walanga Muru.

Resources for Ancient Rome

Year 7

Year 11

Year 12

Resources for Ancient Greece

Check out these great resources 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,

Stephen Hodkinson, "Transforming Sparta: New Approaches to The Study of Spartan Society", Ancient History: Resources for Teachers, Macquarie Ancient History Association, vol.41-44, 2011-2014. 
Click here for free full text digital copy of this article.

The Top Ten of Ancient Greece

Top Ten Websites
  1. Http://
  2. (database of imaging projects for stele etc)
Top Ten YouTube Clips
  1. (What did democracy really mean in Athens?)
  2. (what is a primary source?)
  3. (reliability of sources)
  4. (how to evaluate sources)
  5. (Ancient Greek Politics)
  6. (Ancient Greece Governmental Structure and its history)
  7. (Why Socrates hated democracy – thought this would be interesting to show viewpoints of the democratic system from a contemporary time to the period being studied)
  8. (recreation of Promithea festival and reliving ancient greek life)
  9. (Coin production in Ancient Greece)
  10. (Defining the Agora. This youtube channel also defines other greek words in quick and simple videos, like the Boule video)
Top Ten Museums with Ancient Greek Collections
  7. (British Museum)
Top Ten Archaeological Digs of Ancient Greek Sites
  5. (info, pictures, and even an interactive plan of the Acropolis)

Resources for Ancient Egypt



Personality - Hatshepsut

Death and Funerary Customs

Daily Life

Study at Macquarie University

Find information about studying Ancient History and Archaeology at Macquarie University.

Boost your research! Visit History Resources for High School Students to find useful tips and guides for using the Macquarie University library for your school research project.

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