Linking the discipline expertise of Macquarie University’s Department of History and Archaeology with school students and community groups, Studying the Past offers experiential and tactile workshops promoting student engagement in the study of modern and ancient history and archaeology. The program offers incursions and online programs for Stage 4-6 students. For younger students and community groups adapted programs are also available.
Ranging from Ancient Egypt to modern Australia, our workshops use the most recent scholarly research and archaeological discoveries to encourage students to use material culture and literary sources to develop independent and transferrable enquiry-based skills. Programs are mapped to the NSW Syllabus and Australian Curriculum.
Workshops 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 experience.
From the analysis of Egyptian mummies, Roman pottery and ancient spells to investigations into the Gallipoli campaign and Australia’s war brides, Macquarie’s dynamic history and archaeology researchers are bringing an exciting new perspective to our understanding of the complex issues that shaped humanity’s past. The scope of research in history and archaeology at Macquarie is unique in Australia.
Macquarie’s history and archaeology researchers enjoy an international reputation as leaders in their fields. In the most recent Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation, our history and archaeology research received a rating of ‘performance above world standard’. Macquarie University’s Department of History and Archaeology is the #1 university in Australia for ancient history (QS 2020).