NEAF Lectures

NEAF offers a range of public lectures throughout the year of interest to the lay-person. These ocassions are a great way to keep in touch with recent archaeological discoveries, as well as the chance to meet like-minded people who, like you, are fascinated by archaeology.

NEAF 2018 Public Lectures

The 2018 NEAF AGM: Wednesday 7 March 2018

Ghurid Book

AGM at 6.30pm
Public lecture at 7.00pm

Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia (CCANESA), Level 4 Madsen Building F09, University of Sydney

Public Lecture
Afghan Daze: Hazy Recollections of Warlords, Looting and the Ghurids
by Dr David Thomas

NEAF, in association with Sydney University Press, is proud to publish David’s new book on the little-known Ghurids, as the first in the new-look ADAPA Monograph Series. It is a detailed, first-hand account of the ground-breaking multi-disciplinary research David and his team undertook in Afghanistan over three seasons from 2003-2007. David will reminisce about the highs and lows of digging in a post-conflict zone and offer a few thoughts about what the future holds for this beautiful and archaeologically rich land.

This lecture is free but we would appreciate that you RSVP to help with catering. Please and indicate the number of people in your party that will be attending. Please do not use the on-line booking link at the bottom of this page.

A booking form with further information can be downloaded here.

NEAF 2018 Seminar Series

Gunpowder Empires: April 2018


The 16th and 17th centuries witnessed the peak of Muslim power that extended from the Maghreb and West Africa through to Central Asia, India, and beyond.

Dominating the central Islamic lands were three remarkable empires, Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal, whose political institutions and centralized bureaucracies, control of both land and maritime trade routes, and powerful armies and artillery (hence the term “gunpowder empires”) led to an unsurpassed flowering of Islamic art and culture.

This series will examine in depth these “Gunpowder Empires” along with the rulers of genius who created them.

Please select here to download further information, pricing and a schedule for the seminar series.

Please select here to book a place for an individual lecture, or for the whole series. Note this is a different booking page to the one used for public lectures below.

University of Sydney On-Line Payment System: Public Lectures Only

If you wish to book and pay for your NEAF lecture using a credit card (MasterCard and Visa only), please use the University of Sydney's on-line payment system.

Please select here to proceed to the NEAF Public Lectures payment page

  • In the instance where several lectures are advertised, there is a drop down menu at the top of the page to select the lecture you are interested in attending. Once you have completed your details, select the 'Add to Shopping Cart' button at the bottom right of the page. After checking the details, select the 'Process Payment' button.
  • If you wish to book and pay for two or more lectures, please follow these instructions. Complete your first lecture selection as described above. After you have selected 'Add to Shopping Cart' and have been taken to the 'My Selections' page, USE THE BACK BUTTON ON YOUR BROWSER to return to the NEAF Public Lecture payment page. Once there, select the second lecture you wish to attend and make any changes applicable (such as the number of tickets). When complete, select 'Add to Shopping Cart' again. When you are again taken to the 'My Selections' page you should see both lectures listed. If the details are correct, select 'Process Payment'. Note: if you select 'Payment Home' on the 'My Selections' page rather than using the back button on your browser, select 'General Payments' and then 'NEAF Public Lectures'.