Ancient Cultures Research Centre

Macquarie University Ancient Cultures Research Centre

Incorporating the Ancient History Documentary Research Centre and the Australian Centre for Egyptology 

The Ancient Cultures Research Centre (MQACRC) undertakes collaborative research on cross-cultural interaction in ancient cultures from Western Europe to China. It concentrates not only on the history of the societies concerned, but on the languages they used, and has a special focus on the close study of physical artefacts from antiquity. 

Amalgamating the members, research, and resources of the Australian Centre for Egyptology and the Ancient History Documentary Research Centre, and in collaboration with the Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies, the ACRC is currently undertaking research programs on a wide range of areas.

Research Projects

acrc_home_researchResearch within the ACRC

Over twenty research projects are being carried out in the ACRC across a wide range of themes: explore them here.


Forthcoming Events

Society for the Study of Early Christianity: Visiting Fellow Lecture

17 March, 2015: Professor Tessa Rajak, the Sir Asher Joel Visiting Fellow 2015, will be presenting a talk on Masada in the First and Twenty-First Century. The fortress of Masada on the Dead Sea was the last stronghold to fall to the Romans after the attack of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 CE. The lecture will discuss its story, covering Josephus's dramatic suicides of 960 defenders and their families, as well as its remarkable archaeological remains. For more details on the event, see here

Australian Centre for Egyptology: Mini Conference

29 March, 2015: Join Macquarie University's leading Egyptologists discuss their latest research and excavations in Egypt. More on the conference and booking details can be found here.




MQACRC Junior Research Fellowship
Applications are invited for the new MQACRC Junior Research Fellowship 2015 supporting MQ PHD graduates. For details on the fellowship and how to apply, see Postgrad/Postdoc opportunities.

Unwrapping mummies
An interview with Dr. Yann Tristant on his exciting collaborative research project exploring mummies, as seen on ABC's Catalyst.


ACRC member K. Sheedy
Sheedy awarded Oxford Double Fellowship
Associate Professsor Kenneth Sheedy has been appointed to a prestigious 'double' fellowship in Oxford from July 2014.

Embalming study illuminates theories on Egyptian mummification
A cross-institutional collaborative project including Dr. Jana Jones has revealed scientific evidence for the earlier practice of Egyptian mummification.


Areas of Research