Department of Archaeology

Archaeology provides a vivid understanding of how the past informs our present through its focus on the material remains of the human past.

We are one of Australia's leading and most dynamic Departments of Archaeology. Our staff offer a highly diverse programme of undergraduate teaching, postgraduate coursework and postgraduate research opportunities spanning many areas of archaeological inquiry and practice. The research funding success of staff projects and our global connections are reflected in the broad scope of our international fieldwork programmes across Australasia, Asia and Europe. An active community of professionals and interested members of the public in Sydney, along with frequent visitors from overseas, contribute to a lively programme of activities.

Archaeology has been taught at the University of Sydney in various forms since the early 1930s. The Department of Archaeology is part of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (SOPHI) within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Latest News

  • ABC's 7:30 Report covers story of the secret history of the first Australian to be given penicillin

    Museum and Heritage Studies student Bethany Robinson never imagined her arts degree would lead her to a discovery that would rewrite Australia's medical history.

  • Arts student uncovers secret history of penicillin in Australia

    Historic medical records unearthed during internship
    Bethany Robinson never imagined her arts degree would lead her to a discovery that would rewrite Australia's medical history.

  • 2018 AAIA Visiting Professor Antonis Kotsonas

    The 2018 AAIA Visiting Professor will be Professor Antonis Kotsonas from the University of Cincinnati. Professor Kotsonas will be touring Australia from August 6 September 14.

    Antonis Kotsonas specializes in the material culture, socio-cultural and economic history of the Early Iron Age and the Archaic period in Greece and the Mediterranean. His research interests extend, however, from the Late Bronze Age to the Roman period. He has conducted fieldwork and finds research on Crete, and in the Cyclades, Euboea and Macedonia; and comparative studies across the Aegean, and from Italy to Cyprus, engaging problems pertaining to state formation, trade and interaction, identity and commensality, memory, and the history of archaeology.

  • Pilot of Joint CCANESA Presentations, Semester 2, 2018

    The Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia (CCANESA) is launching a trial of three joint and co-branded seminars in Semester 2, 2018, to gauge interest in a new platform for interdisciplinary debate. 

  • Athens Classical Archaeology Intensive Program 2019

    January 4-25 2019

    The Department of Archaeology and the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens invite your application to join the fifth Classical Archaeology Intensive Program Program in Athens.