The following are current research projects funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC).
- In the Wake of the Sea Peoples, In the Footsteps of Goliath:
Excavating the Philistine Site of Tell es-Safi/Gath (2010 - 2013) Dr Louise Hitchcock
This project will enhance the international reputation of Australian research by bringing it into current scholarly debate on Philistine archaeology, a quickly growing sub-discipline in Mediterranean archaeology.
- Aetiana: Laying Foundations for the Study of the History of Ancient Philosophy Part 2 (2009 - 2012)
This project will uncover and produce the text of the most important ancient doxographer, Aetius, based on principles developed in previous research.
- Beyond the Land of the Golden Fleece (2007–2009)
This project aims to examine the concept of borderlands by evaluating the dramatic transformation of society, settlement and landscape from the 2nd millennium BC to the 5th century AD in the region of Mtskheta.
- Public and Private Lies: Retelling the Clash of Duty, Power and Sexual Indulgence in the Roman Imperial Court (2005 - 2008)
Dr K.O. Chong Gossard and Dr Andrew Turner.
- Archaeological conservation: The development of analysis and assessment protocols for adhesives used on archaeological pottery
Material conservation aims to preserve the original fabric of cultural material with minimum intervention. Adhesives required to repair archaeological pottery require high standards in performance and formulation. Using the University of Melbourne Cypriot pottery collection this research will develop analytical pathways and protocols for adhesive identification, formulation monitoring and performance assessment.