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Classics     DX 650 114
School of Humanities
Napier Building Level 7
Room 722
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005 AUSTRALIA

Phone: +61 8 8313 5627
Fax: +61 8 8313 4341
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Faculty Office
Napier Building Undercroft (Ground)
North Terrace Campus
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005 Australia

Opening hours:
Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 9am-5pm
Thurs 11am-5pm

Phone: +61 8 8313 5245
Facsimile: +61 8 8313 4382


University Contact Centre
Phone: +61 8 8313 5208
(Country and interstate callers toll free on 1800 061 459)
Fax: +61 8 8313 4401

Museum of Classical Archaeology

 

The Museum of Classical Archaeology is the largest collection of artefacts from ancient Greece and Rome on display in South Australia. It comprises the teaching collection of the Discipline of Classics, and our archaeology students are able to study this material at first hand in select Classics courses. We also are part of the Faculty's internship programme for undergraduates. Dr Margaret O’Hea is the Director of the Museum.

The material includes glass, pottery and metalware from Minoan Crete to Hellenistic Greek cities in Southern Italy; from Etruscan Italy to the Roman provinces of Britain, Gaul and Egypt. We also house a small but representative collection of Egyptian material - mostly Late Period-Hellenistic - and artefacts from published archaeological excavations in Jordan and Iraq. Our Egyptian collection includes some papyri and also a woven textile fragment from the Late Roman period.

Community Outreach
Since its expansion in the late 1980s from a small departmental cabinet collection to a large display of more than 1700 items, the Museum has been supported by a charity, The Friends of the Museum of Classical Archaeology (FMCA). This organisation funds an outreach programme of public lectures every year. Membership is fully tax-deductible. If you are interested in joining the FMCA, or renewing your subscription, please download the subscription form here. Advice on how to pay is on the form.

You can also make a tax-deductible donation specifically to help the Museum, by completing the University's online donation form. Such donations help us to fund our displays and add to our teaching collection, which promotes the study of ancient Greece and Rome.

Opening Hours - "First Tuesdays"
Because this is a university teaching collection, we are not always open to booked visits or to the general public. However, thanks to the generous dedication of University Alumni Volunteers, we are delighted to announce that the Museum is open to the general public on the first Tuesday of every month (excluding December and January), between 11am and 3 pm.

We welcome all visitors to the University during this time, but please note that large bags, strollers etc may not be taken into the Museum. Photography is only allowed for personal use, without a flash or with a tripod.

In addition to the First Tuesdays initiative, we are also always open to the public during our annual University Open Day, which is usually held in August on a Sunday. Please check with the University's main web-pages in early August every year for more information on this.

For Schools
We welcome visits by school groups. As from the start of the 2014 school year, all bookings must be made with the following in mind:

  • No bookings can be made on the first Tuesday of the month, since this would impinge on access by the general public on those days. Outside these days, visits should be booked between the hours of 9-5, Mon-Fri. The Museum is not normally open on weekends.
  • All bookings must be made by telephoning the School of Humanities Office on (08) 8313 4249
  • The museum visit will be supervised by our schools liaison officer, who can answer questions about particular artefacts.
  • From the start of the 2014 year, the booking cost will increase to $55 per group (GST included). Schools should present the cheque/money order for that amount to the schools liaison officer at the visit, and the university will mail back to the school an official receipt within 30 working days. Cheques should be made payable to The University of Adelaide.
  • Due to limited space, the maximum size of any one group in the Museum should be no more than 30 people.

We regret that we are not able to offer any kind of work experience placement for students at the Museum of Classical Archaeology.

Location
We are located in the Basement of the Mitchell Building on the North Terrace campus, Adelaide.
Access is through the front doors of the Mitchell Building, facing North Terrace. Please note that there is no disabled access to the museum. Click here for a map of the campus.

Contacts
Address: The Museum of Classical Archaeology,
The University of Adelaide
South Australia 5005

Telephone
School of Humanities (for group bookings): (08) 8313 4249

fax : (+ 61 8) 8313 4341


News and Events 

Friends of the Museum Public Lecture:

Monuments of the Bronze Age: Recent Discoveries in the Middle Euphrates River-Valley
by Prof. E. Peltenberg
Professor Emeritus of Archaeology, The University of Edinburgh

Wednesday 2nd October
Napier Lecture Theatre G04
starts 7.10 pm
All welcome

Great monuments such as the Wall of China, Egypt's pyramids and the staged temple-towers we call ziggurats in southern Mesopotamia are well-known to the public. It is only recently that other imposing structures of 3rd millennium BC northern Mesopotamia have come to light, mainly as a result of rescue excavations in advance of the creation of dams.

Amongst these are conspicuous funerary monuments which served as settings for protracted and complex rites. They coincide with the beginnings of of the first cities, of early state-formation and the settling of mobile, pastoral groups. These new political configurations bear the stamp of tribal backgrounds in which there were leaders without coercive powers. These are earlier than the Old Testament tribal groups with which they are frequently compared.

Their funerary monuments are largely found in a zone of uncertainty - marginal lands of the Fertile Crescent where pastoralism traditionally dominated. This talk will describe this new group of discoveries, a novel type of "grand construction" that was central to the political development of peoples generally known as the Amorites.