About Us

The Ancient North Africa Research Network (ANA) is designed to provide a way of connecting people from the University of Sydney, Australia wide and around the world with academics, research students and other people interested in the history and archaeology of North Africa and its inter-relationship with the Ancient Mediterranean world, including the Phoenician, Roman, Byzantine and early Arab-Muslim worlds. ANA is part of the Department of Classics and Ancient History.

The Ancient North Africa Research Network (ANA) has the following objectives:

  1. To provide a way of connecting people from the University of Sydney, Australia wide and around the world with academics, research students and other people interested in the history and archaeology of North Africa and its inter-relationship with the Ancient Mediterranean world, including the Phoenician, Roman, Byzantine and early Arab-Muslim worlds.
  2. To promote academic research in the history and archaeology of the area of the southern shores of the Mediterranean from Morocco to the Horn of Africa, including the Maghreb (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya), Sudan, the Horn of Africa and its associated Mediterranean context.
  3. To promote a better understanding of the role and contribution of the peoples of North Africa in the political, economic, cultural and ideological development and environmental change of the Mediterranean region.
  4. To provide opportunities for interchange and dialogue between researchers and the broader interested community on the history and culture of the southern shores of the Mediterranean.
  5. To provide a focal point for enquiry, research and understanding of ancient North Africa and its associated Mediterranean context.
  6. To provide an opportunity for researchers to access extensive research materials on North African history and archaeology and its associated Mediterranean context.

Aims

Our aim is to uncover the rich cultural and ethnic mosaic that was the Ancient Mediterranean World and to shine a light on the extraordinary contribution of the peoples that inhabited it .Our engagement in archaeological and historical research around the Mediterranean is equaled by our commitment to communicate and educate communities around Australia about those great legacies. In particularly ANA seeks to promote:

  1. Research into the history of Ancient North Africa from the Atlantic to the Horn of Africa and the areas of Phoenician influence in the Mediterranean from prehistoric to Early Medieval times.
  2. A better understanding of the role played by peoples in North Africa and the Phoenician diaspora in the political, economic, cultural and religious development of the Ancient Mediterranean region.
  3. Conservation and community understanding of the importance of the cultural heritage of Ancient North Africa and lands of the Phoenician diaspora.
  4. Dialogue and exchange between scholars in North Africa and Lebanon, and the academic community in Australia.

Community Outreach Program

We intend to establish a series of education days for year 10 students in the greater Sydney area on the following:

  • Phoenicians in the Ancient Mediterranean
  • Migration to Australia from the East Coast of the Mediterranean and North Africa