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

Where Re Meets Osiris: News from the Valley of the Kings Australian Centre for Egyptology: Annual Conference

8 August, 2015: The conference will feature Professor Kent R. Weeks, director of The Theban Mapping Project and The Valley of the Kings KV5 Project, and Professor Susanne Bickel, director of the University of Basel Kings' Valley Project. For more, see here.

Society for the Study of Early Christianity: Talk

27 August, 2015: MQACRC Junior Research Fellow Dr Julien Ogereau (Humboldt University, Berlin) will be presenting his work on 'Finding Paul in the ruins at Philippi' in this SSEC special event. For details on the cost, time and venue of the event, see here


Shirley Chan studying bamboo slipsDr Shirley Chan in BBC Documentary
MQACRC member Dr Shirley Chan travelled to China to examine 2400 year old Confucian texts on bamboo slips for the BBC documentary "Confucius: his work and legacy".

Dr Julien Ogereau awarded the MQACRC Junior Research Fellowship
The 2015 MQACRC Junior Research Fellowship was awarded to Dr Julien Ogereau for his project on 'The cultural transformation of Macedonia in the early Christian era (I-V CE).

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