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.


Public Lecture: 8 November 2017

Inaugural J. Basil Hennessy Memorial Lecture

J. Basil Hennessy

J. Basil Hennessy.

Lecture by Dr Stephen Bourke

6.30 to 7.30pm. General Lecture Theatre 1 (Main Quadrangle). University of Sydney

J. Basil Hennessy AO was Professor of Middle Eastern Archaeology (1970-1990) and Foundation Director of NEAF (1986-1991). After Undergraduate study at Sydney (1947-49), postgraduate research in the Middle East (1950-1952) and several years teaching at Sydney University (1953-61) under the legendary Jim Stewart, Hennessy read his Doctorate at Oxford (1962-64) before launching his field career in Jerusalem at British School Director (1965-70). He returned to Australia in 1970, and effectively re-instituted the teaching of Near Eastern Archaeology at Sydney University after a ten-year hiatus. He was confirmed as Edwin Cuthbert Hall Professor in 1973, and thereafter developed hugely influential courses in Levantine and Cypriot archaeology, which produced most of the current batch of Australian Near Eastern scholars active today. As well as his teaching, Hennessy directed two hugely important excavation projects in Jordan, the first at Chalcolithic Teleilat Ghassul (1975-77) and the second at the long-lived ancient city of Pella of the Decapolis (1978-90). This first Memorial Lecture will celebrate Hennessy’s many achievements in the world of Near Eastern Archaeology, and call for the setting up of a Fund, administered through NEAF, to support the ongoing research and publication of the many works Hennessy set in train.

The inaugural lecture will be given by Dr. Stephen Bourke, current NEAF Treasurer and Director of the Pella Excavations since 1992. Stephen also led four seasons of renewed excavations at Teleilat Ghassul in the 1990s. The lecture will outline Hennessy’s life in Near Eastern Archaeology, from his first work in Turkey and Cyprus, to his seminal meeting with Kathleen Kenyon at Jericho in 1952, which shaped his life in archaeology thereafter. It will also detail many of the important discoveries at Teleilat Ghassul and Pella, before evaluating Hennessy’s achievements and his on-going importance to the intellectual life of the Australian archaeological community.

This event is free but please RSVP by Friday 3 November for catering purposes. Send an to NEAF to RSVP your intention to attend. Please state how many people are in your group.

To download a booking form, please select here.


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'.