The programs on offer are designed to complement the NSW Ancient History Syllabus and create a dynamic environment for students to put the knowledge they’ve learnt in class into action.

Each of our programs are specifically designed to provide students with the opportunity to engage in higher-order thinking tasks such as critical analysis and the evaluation and synthesis of written and material sources. They involve a variety of learning styles, incorporating performance, creative thinking, visual processing, tactile learning and group work, ensuring that students are provided with an informative, enjoyable and enriching engagement with the ancient past.

“The students absolutely loved being able to handle the physical features of history! ...solid links to the syllabus”

Caroline Chisholm College Feburary 2020

JGroup of Kids looking at Teacherunior Program (Stage 4 & 5)

The junior program offers three concurrent workshops, with students rotating through the workshops in groups, consolidating their learning through various interactive activities.

Each booking is three hours in length and capped at 90 students in total (max. 30 students per group).

Currently, we offer Egyptian history and archaeology for our junior programs. Rome focussed programs coming soon - watch this space!

Workshops of offer:

Archaeology in Practice


History Mystery

Onsite Insights

Students have the opportunity to participate in a mock excavation where they excavate, translate ancient script, study human remains, interpret objects and reconstruct ceramic vessels.

Students participate in the Ancient Egyptian ritual of mummification.

They learn about religious beliefs, values and practices, processes of artificial preservation of the body, how archaeologists treat the ancient dead when excavating.

Using the example of the site of Deir el Medina, students work in small groups to analyse objects and determine their ancient context.

Students learn about the value of material culture and theunapparelled information it provides archaeologists and historians about the ancient past.

An interactive seminar providing students with a first-hand account of a current Macquarie University Archaeological excavation.

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Senior Program (Stage 6)Photo of hands holding ancient artifact

The senior program consists of two workshops, one of which is delivered as an interactive seminar specific to your topic of study. There is potential for this seminar to be delivered by an academic from Macquarie University specialising in this study area!

Senior bookings are two hours in length and are capped at 60 students in total (max. 30 students per group).

Workshops on offer:

Archaeological Theory and Practice

History Mystery


Students participate in an academic discussion on archaeological theory and systematic excavation. Then they put their archaeological skills into practice through the study of human remains, ceramic and written material, and object analysis.

History Mystery puts students’ investigative skills into practice. Students work in small groups to uncover the context of a group of artefacts, requiring them to critically evaluate ancient sources and their modern interpretations and to formulate arguments and communicate these to the class.

Let us know what you’re studying in class and we’ll create a seminar just for your students. If it’s outside our scope of specialisation, we’ll call in a fellow Macquarie academic.

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Watch this space to find out more about the launch of our Macquarie Archaeological Research Simulation (MARS) Program hosted at our North Ryde campus.

The MARS facility comprises a full-scale simulated archaeological site built within a wooden frame, with different soil layers and artefacts representing different archaeological situations. This program is designed to allow students to apply the techniques and methods of archaeology they have learnt in class on the field. They have the opportunity to practice excavation, stratigraphy, data recording, artefact analysis and site report writing.