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The object illustrating this page is a Mycenaean bull figurine (MU 1566), dated Late Helladic IIIA-B, c. 1400 - 1200 BC; Macquarie University, purchased 2006, ex- Joyner Collection.

Welcome to Macquarie University Museum of Ancient Cultures web site.

This Museum is an Ancient History/ Archaeology museum designed to support the teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate programs on offer at Macquarie University within the department of Ancient History. It also promotes Ancient History and Archaeology to the primary and secondary schools of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory as well as to the broader general community.

The Museum of Ancient Cultures (MAC) was conceived to show elements of everyday life in the ancient world as the guiding principle to its on-going development. In this way modern minds can contemplate the lives and thoughts of past people and come to appreciate the work they have done before us.

This site is designed to show information about activities and events associated with the Museum, about artefacts (and new additions) to our collections as well as about the collections themselves, about the programs we offer and the resources we have developed, including teaching resources. There are also links to organisations and museums associated with us.

Through periodic updating, this site will also share our news with users.

We hope you will enjoy the site and be in touch with us when you have suggestions or wish to make enquiries.

Karl Van Dyke

Indigenous Acknowledgement

The Museum of Ancient Cultures publicly acknowledges the Ku-ring-gai people on whose land this museum is situated and further, recognises the cultural and heritage traditions and contributions of the indigenous people of Australia.