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Tuesday 24 March (Week 5), 2-3.30pm

Seminar Room (1.602), Level 1, Australian Hearing Hub, Macquarie University

The Department of Ancient History in conjunction with the Macquarie University Ancient History Association (MAHA) offers a research seminar series, intended to bring together those within Macquarie and outside who have an interest in the languages, histories, and cultures of the ancient world. View the schedule for the research seminar.

All are welcome! Please arrive on time and join us after the seminar for coffee, tea and biscuits!

Convenor: Dr Alexandra Woods Twitter


Dr Sophie Hay | University of Cambridge

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My Life in Ruins: my career as an archaeologist

There was no plan. I fell into archaeology on the strength I had fallen in love with the ancient ruins of Greece and Rome that I had seen as a child and my endless captivation as to who lived in these once thriving places. Since my decision to study archaeology at university my slightly meandering career path has been determined as I have travelled along it: shaped by the people I have met, the places I have visited, and the opportunities afforded me.

My work as an archaeological geophysicist took me from the cityscape of Imperial Rome to the deserts of Pharaonic Sudan but it was my early encounter excavating in Pompeii that had the most profound effect on me. It has been my captivation with this ancient Roman site that has since guided many of my career choices.

There still is no plan but I hope to show you how experience and experiences can influence, inspire and instruct what you can do as an archaeologist.

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