Macquarie students dig into Roman archaeology
A snippet of Carsulae


Macquarie students dig into Roman archaeology

, / November 1, 2015

Macquarie students recently grabbed the opportunity to work with Italian archaeologists on Ancient Roman sites as part of the Australian Carsulae Archaeological Project.

The month-long July trip was led by Macquarie Early Career Fellow Dr Jaye McKenzie-Clarke, and involved students learning the art of archaeological pickaxing, shovelling, trowelling, brushing and pottery washing. They were taught to identify archaeological layers and fill out documentation. Students were also able to see first hand the measures taken to conserve the site.

This is the second year of Macquarie Ancient History students working at this site and their excavations aimed to further expand and explore the site, along with identifying the impact of the installation of electrical cables through the area in the 20th century.

“Participating in an actual Roman site, with Roman ruins and artefacts, is something that just can’t be achieved in Australia,” says Nicole Holmes, a current Bachelor of Ancient History at Macquarie University.

“Not to mention, the finds at Carsulae are abundant and always interesting to work with… it was an unforgettable and rewarding experience.”

Support students to participate in next year’s dig. Search for ‘The Australian Carsulae Archaeological Project’ listed under ‘Support Macquarie in an area of your choice’.

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