Dr Craig Barker

Manager, Education and Public Programs

BA (Hons) PhD, University of Sydney

Biographical details

Craig Barker is Manager of Education and Public Programs at Sydney University Museums. He has extensive experience in K-12 and adult museum education, and has published and presented on museum education in teacher and academic conferences and publications.

Craig has a PhD in Classical Archaeology from the University of Sydney and has considerable archaeological fieldwork experience in Australia, Greece, Turkey and Cyprus. He is the Director of the Paphos Theatre Archaeological Project excavating at the World Heritage listed site of Nea Paphos in Cyprus.

Research interests

  • Museum Education
  • The archaeology of ancient Cyprus
  • Kinesthetic teaching
  • Heritage touring
  • History and development of archaeology
  • Ancient theatre architecture
  • Hellenistic and Roman ceramics
  • Amphora and the ancient wine trade

Current Projects

Archaeological Excavations in Nea Paphos in Cyprus
Craig is the co-director of the University of Sydney’s Paphos Theatre Archaeological Project in Nea Paphos, Cyprus.

The University has been excavating the ancient Hellenistic-Roman theatre of Nea Paphos and surrounding environs, under the auspices of the Department of Antiquities of the Republic of Cyprus since 1995. The excavations have received financial support from the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens (AAIA) since 2009, and has been the official excavation project of the Nicholson Museum since 2011.

More information is available on the project website: paphostheatre.org

Travellers From Australia
Craig is co-curator, along with Emeritus Professor Diana Wood Conroy of the University of Wollongong, for the art and archaeology exhibition Travellers From Australia to run as part of the Pafos2017 European Capital of Culture festival program. The exhibition will be displayed at the Palia Elektriki space in Ktima Paphos on 2-15 October 2017.

Teaching and supervision

Supervisor 2012-17, Taryn Gooley, Amphorae of Classical Cyprus (MA Candidate, University of Sydney)

Ongoing guest lecturer in courses provided by:

  • Department of Archaeology
  • Department of Classics and Ancient History
  • Museum & Heritage Studies Program
  • Faculty of Education & Social Work


  • Former President, The Society of Mediterranean Archaeology (SoMA)
  • Member, ICOM Australia
  • Member, Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens (AAIA)
  • Member, American Institute of Archaeology (AIA)
  • Member, Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation (NEAF)
  • Member, History Teachers Association of New South Wales
  • Member, Association of Cypriot Archaeologists



Awarded a European Cultural Capital grant to co-curate the exhibition Travellers from Australia at the Palia Elektriki, 2-15 October 2017 as part of the Pafos2017 European Cultural Capital festival program


Research Fellow, Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens



Curator, The Sky and The Sea: Ancient Cypriot Art. Nicholson Museum, 1 March 2016 - Current


Curator, Lego Pompeii, Nicholson Museum, January 2015 - Current


Curator, Aphrodite’s Island: Australian Archaeologists in Cyprus, Nicholson Museum, 29 November 2012 - January 2016

Selected Publications


Barker, C. (2017), "Nea Paphos Theatre: 2016 Season", The Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens Bulletin, Volume 13: 14-15


Barker, C. (2016) "Recent research at the Hellenistic and Roman theatre precinct of Nea Paphos", in: G. Bourogiannis & Ch. Mühlenbock (eds), Ancient Cyprus Today. Museum Collections and New Research,  Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology and Literature PB 184 (Uppsala): 141-153.


Barker, C. (2016) "The Theatre Precinct of Nea Paphos (Fabrika): Recent Excavations by the Australian Mission", in: C. Blander (ed.) Nea Paphos: Fondation et développement urbanistique d’une ville chypriote de l’antiquité à nos jours Études archéologiques, historiques et patrimoniales. Actes du 1er colloque international sur Paphos Avignon 30, 31 octobre et 1er novembre 2012 (Bordeaux): 91-104


 Barker, C. (2016) "Nea Paphos Theatre: 2015 Season", The Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens Bulletin, Volume 12: 14-17.


Barker, C. (2015) "Some Initial Observations on a Building Excavated on Fabrika in Nea Paphos in Cyprus by the Australian Archaeological Mission", Studies in Art and Civilisation 19 (Karakow): 169-189.


Barker, C. 2015. "Twenty Years of the University of Sydney Excavations of the Theatre Precinct in Nea Paphos in Cyprus", in: Australian Archaeological Fieldwork Abroad III, Ancient History Resources for Teachers. Vol. 45: 26-63.


Barker, C. "From Performance to Quarry: The evidence of architectural change in the theatre precinct of Nea Paphos in Cyprus over seven centuries", in: S. Chandrasekaran & A. Kouremenos (eds), Continuity and Destruction in the Greek East:The transformation of monumental space from the Hellenistic period to Late Antiquity, BAR S2765, 2015, 33-48.


Barker, C. with J. R. Green and G. Stennett. 2015."The Hellenistic Phases of the Theatre at Nea Paphos in Cyprus: the Evidence from the Australian Excavations", in: R. Frederiksen, E.R. Gebhard & A. Sokolicek (eds), The Architecture of the Ancient Greek Theatre. Monographs of the Danish Institute at Athens, vol. 17. 319-334.


Barker, C. (2015). “Nea Paphos Theatre Excavations 2014”, The Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens Bulletin 11, 16-17


Barker, C. (2014). “Materials-Based Teaching in Museums: the experiences of educational programs at Sydney University Museums”, Journal of Artistic and Creative Education 7.1, 166-191 


Barker, C. (2014). “Nea Paphos Theatre Excavations 2012”, The Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens Bulletin10, 10-11


Barker, C. (2013). “James Stewart as Nicholson Museum curator (1954-1962)”, in: A.B. Knapp, J.M. Webb & A. McCarthy (eds), J.R.B. Stewart: An Archaeological Legacy. Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology 139: Uppsala. 211-221


Barker, C. (2013).”Rhodian Amphorae From Cyprus: A summary of the evidence and the issues”, in: M. Lawall & J. Lund (eds), The Transport Amphorae and Trade of Cyprus. University of Aarhus Press: Aarhus. 101-110


Barker, C. (2013). “Australian Archaeologists in Cyprus: Over Eight Decades of Historical Investigations on a Mediterranean Island", Teaching History: Journal of the History Teachers' Association of NSW 47(1), 32-37


Barker, C. (2013). "Island of Archaeology: Celebrating Ancient Cyprus in the Nicholson Museum in Australia", Cyprus Today LI.1, January-March 2013, 36-39


Barker, C. (2012). Aphrodite’s Island: Australian Archaeologists in Cyprus: The Cypriot Collection of the Nicholson Museum. Nicholson Museum: Sydney.


Barker, C. (2012). “Amphora stamps”, in: R.S. Bagnall, et al. (eds), The Encyclopedia of Ancient History. Blackwell Publishing. 381-2


Barker. C. (2011). “Experiencing Archaeology: The Paphos Theatre Excavation Blog”, Teaching History: Journal of the History Teachers Association of NSW 44 (3), 32-35


Barker, C, Gabrieli, R.S. & Green, J.R. (2004). Fabrika: an ancient theatre of Nea Paphos. Moufflon Publishing: Nicosia (Greek language edition 2011)


Barker, C. (2004). “A Unique Burial Custom Involving Rhodian Amphorae at the ‘Tombs of the Kings’ in Nea Paphos, Cyprus”, in: J. Eiring & J. Lund (eds), Transport Amphorae and Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean. Acts of the International Colloquium at the Danish Institute at Athens, 26-29 September 2002. Monograph of the Danish Institute at Athens V: Athens. 73-84


Barker, C., Cincunegui, G. & Diacopoulos, L. (2004). “An Archaeological Education”, Teaching History: Journal of the History Teachers Association of NSW  38(4), 52-55


Barker, C., Cincunegui, G. & Diacopoulos, L. (2004). “Teaching the Archaeology of Human remains to Students: The Perspective of the Nicholson Museum Education Program”, Teaching History: Journal of the History Teachers Association of NSW 38(4), 4-10


Barker, C. (2002). “Three New Eponym-Fabricant Combinations on Rhodian Amphorae from the ‘Tombs of the Kings’ at Nea Pafos”, Report of the Department of Antiquities, Cyprus. 189-200


Barker, C. (2002). “Report on the University of Sydney ‘Tombs of the Kings’ Project, 1998-2001”, Mediterranean Archaeology 15, 109-116


 Barker, C. (1999). “Hellenistic Stamped Amphora Handles Held in the Nicholson Museum, Sydney”, Mediterranean Archaeology 12. 111-123

Edited works


Barker, C. Beaumont, L.A. Bollen, E. (eds.) Festschrift in Honour of Professor J.R. Green, Mediterranean Archaeology 17



M. Corbishley, “Pinning Down the Past: Archaeological, Heritage and Education Today” (2011), Australian Archaeology 75, 2012. 121-2



P. Flourentzos (ed.), “From Evagoras I to the Ptolemies” (2007), Classical Review 61.1, 2011. 265-6



L. Rothschild, “The Rape of Mesopotamia” (2009), The Australian Literary Review, October 2010. 7