A new research program will develop the site of Carsulae in central Italy as a major archaeological research location.
Research in Ancient History includes archaeological, linguistic, and textual studies of the history and society of a range of cultures from early ancient through to medieval times.
Areas of particular research strength include ancient Egypt; the Greek, Hellenistic, and especially Roman Mediterranean periods; Late Antiquity, Coptic Egypt, early medieval Europe, and Byzantium; early Christianity; Archaeology and Artefact studies; and Language studies.
Research in Coptic Studies includes papyrology and archaeological fieldwork as well as editorial work, examining communication networks, monastic settlement patterns, bilingualism, scribal practice and textual production (Malcolm Choat, Victor Ghica).
Other current projects address the cultural portrayal of human-animal interactions, environmental history, and biochemical analysis of mummification processes (Linda Evans, Jana Jones).
A new research program explores the role of Egyptian artefacts in Australian museums.
Other research explores philological and literary evidence of the Old Testament (Javier Alvarez-Mon, Kyle Keimer).
Research on Early Christianity explores papyrological and epigraphic evidence for the dating of early Christian texts, and for the spread of Christianity in the ancient world (Brent Nongbri, Paul Mc Kechnie, Alanna Nobbs, Stephen Llewelyn, Chris Forbes).
A research program based in the Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies uses numismatic and metallurgical approaches to examine the financial foundations of classical Athens and Greek colonies (Ken Sheedy, Gil Davis).
The new program in ancient Near East archaeology includes one focus on ancient Elamite and early Persian civilizations examined through both artefactual and textual studies, and another on ancient Israel archaeology, examining evidence for the development of early administration.
Our research in Egyptology includes extensive on-site fieldwork (7 current sites in Egypt, the only concessions held by an Australian institution), employing scientific archaeology and art historical and linguistic approaches.
Fieldwork findings and other evidence are employed for research on human settlement patterns, cultural transmission, philology, and cultural practices including religious practices (Naguib Kanawati, Boyo Ockinga, Yann Tristant, Susanne Binder, Alexandra Woods).