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: Conference Curtain Raiser

30 April, 2015: SSEC Visiting Fellow 2015, Professor Paul Trebilco (Otago), will be discussing 'The Artemis Cult in Ephesus and the Johannine Letters' in this year's SSEC Conference Curtain Raiser. For details on the cost, time and venue of the event, see here

Society for the Study of Early Christianity: Annual Day Conference

2 May, 2015: The conference will focus on 'The Early Church: Cults & Controversies'. Speakers include Professor Paul Trebilco (Otago), Professor James Harrison (Sydney College of Divinity and Macquarie University), Dr Bruce Winter (Queensland Theological College), Dr Christopher Forbes (Macquarie University), Bernard Doherty and Lyn Kidson. For more on the event, see here

Australian Centre for Egyptology: Annual Dinner

23 May, 2015: Join researchers and admirers of Egyptology in the annual dinner of the centre. The after dinner speaker is the recent Macquarie University PhD graduate Dr Anna-Latifa Mourad, who will be talking about some of her experiences in research and fieldwork as an aspiring Egyptologist. For more, see 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 jointly led by Dr Jana Jones has revealed scientific evidence for the earliest practice of Egyptian mummification.


Areas of Research