Director Craig Barker has a new article in the latest volume of Ancient History: Resources for Teachers published by the Macquarie Ancient History Association, Macquarie University. This volume is a special issue devoted to Australian Archaeological Field Work Abroad. Dr Barker's article "Twenty Years of the University of Sydney Excavations of the Theatre Precinct in Nea Paphos in Cyprus" provides an in-depth history of both the theatre site in antiquity and of our own investigations. It explores the development of a long-term archaeological investigation in the Mediterranean, and the changing nature of the research questions asked by the team as new evidence directs new lines of inquiry.
The real fieldwork experiences from an active long-term excavation, such as our team's work in Paphos, can be a valuable resource for teaching archaeology and ancient history not only for the tertiary students participating each year, but also in secondary school classrooms. Publications that concentrate on not only the placement of research in its historical context but also explain individual approaches to the archaeological process and the changes to methodologies can be used a source across many topics covered in the school syllabus.
Details on how to pick up a copy this volume or subscribe to the journal is available on the Macquarie Ancient History Association website
Each season our team including the directors, students, architects, volunteers, ceramicists and other finds specialists will blog about the day to day sweat and adventures that come with life on an archaeological dig.