Ancient History Resources for Schools
Resources for Schools
Events for school teachers and students
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.
Find information on events, public lectures, current research and MQ archaeological fieldwork related to Egyptology through the Australian Centre for Egyptology (ACE).
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.
$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:
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 by contacting Dr Gil Davis firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Virtual Museum - Pedestal
Macquarie's collection of 3D artefacts and archaeological site.
Resources for Ancient Australia
- Representations of Ancient Australia
- Geographical and Historical context
- Lake Mungo: sources and significance
Resources for Ancient Israel and the Near East
Ancient Israel for teachers and students:
- Timelines and Chronology
- Maps and Geography
- Museums around the world with Ancient Israel collections
- Archaeological Digs currently underway in Israel
- Epigraphic Texts and Inscriptions
- General: information, societies and useful links for the study of Ancient Israel
- Interesting and Fun
Ancient Israel resources for teachers:
Macquarie University would like to acknowledge the Roth families whose generous support has allowed the development of this site.
Cities of Vesuvius: Pompeii and Herculaneum
- Geographical setting and natural features of Campania
- Eruption of AD79 and its impact on Pompeii and Herculaneum
- Excavations and discoveries in the 19th and 20th centuries
- Representations of Pompeii & Herculaneum over time
Focus of Study:
1. Investigating and interpreting the sources
- Social Structure
- Local Political Life
- Everyday Life
- Influence of Greek and Egyptian Cultures
2. Reconstructing and conserving the past
Resources for Ancient Rome
- Physical Features of Rome: Chronology and Geography
- Contacts and Conflicts in Rome
- Role of a Significant Individual: Julius Caesar
- Features of Ancient Societies: Women in Rome
- Features of Ancient Societies: Weapons and Warfare in Rome
- Case Study: Roman Games
- Personalities in their Times: Agrippina the Younger
- Ancient Societies: The Fall of the Roman Republic 78-31 B.C.
- Ancient Societies: The Julio-Claudians 14-69 A.D.
Macquarie's City of Rome blog written and edited by students: https://ancient-history-blog.mq.edu.au/cityOfRome/
Looking for more useful and exciting classroom resources to immerse your students in ancient Rome? We have compiled the 'best of the best' Cartoons, Podcasts and Blogs.
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, http://www.barefacedgreek.co.uk
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 full text digital copy of this article.
The Top Ten of Ancient Greece
Top Ten Websites
- http://www.csad.ox.ac.uk/CSAD/Attica.html (database of imaging projects for stele etc)
Top Ten YouTube Clips
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fivQUlC7-8 (What did democracy really mean in Athens?)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wlj7t0s4rok (what is a primary source?)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_EAxomGhNY (reliability of sources)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZ122WakNDY (how to evaluate sources)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsY3PJ5JQuk (Ancient Greek Politics)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pw8ZgcHkfmI (Ancient Greece Governmental Structure and its history)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLJBzhcSWTk (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)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGejHwUxVH0 (recreation of Promithea festival and reliving ancient greek life)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naA87x15MiU (Coin production in Ancient Greece)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxiE9av9-zU (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
- http://www.ancientgreece.co.uk/ (British Museum)
Top Ten Archaeological Digs of Ancient Greek Sites
- http://ancient-greece.org/architecture/acropolis-arch.html (info, pictures, and an interactive plan of the Acropolis)
Resources for Ancient Egypt
- Physical Features: Chronology and Geographical Setting
- Roles of Key Groups
- Significant Beliefs, Values and Practices: Death and Funerary Customs
Year 11 - Preliminary Course
- Case Study: The Tomb of Tutankhamun
- Case Study: Deir el-Medina
- Features of Ancient Societies: Death and Funerary Customs in Ancient Egypt
Year 12 - HSC
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.