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Antiquity 1

Third Edition

Toni Hurley, Philippa Medcalf, Christine Murray, Jan Rolph


The third edition of the best-selling Antiquity 1 has been comprehensively updated to meet the requirements of the revised NSW Ancient History syllabus (2005).Antiquity is a successful series written for the New South Wales Ancient History course. It comprises three volumes:

Antiquity 1 (Preliminary: Year 11), Antiquity 2 (HSC: Year 12) and Antiquity 3 (Core HSC component plus additional options for other components).


Five new chapters have been included to bring it in line with syllabus requirements:

Chapter 7, Historical Investigation
Chapter 8, Tutankhamun's Tomb
Chapter 11, Skara Brae
Chapter 16, The City of Rome in the Late Republic
Chapter 17, Alexandria.

All other chapters from the second edition of Antiquity 1 have been revised for the third edition in order to provide an up-to-date program and meet the requirements of the revised syllabus.
  • Fully revised content
  • FULL-COLOUR, with an exciting new cover and design
  • Beautifully drawn maps and illustrations
  • Further investigation boxes to develop student understanding
  • Source boxes focussing on photos, illustrations and written source material
  • Engaging and accessible content enhanced by a broad range of archaeological and written sources, newspaper and journal articles
  • Quotations and adaptations from both ancient and modern writers help to bring the ancient world to life
Part 1: Investigating the Past: Archaeology, History and Science

Chapter 1: Methods of Investigating the Past
Chapter 2: The Nature of Sources and Evidence
Chapter 3: The Destruction and Preservation of Evidence
Chapter 4: Reconstructing the Past
Chapter 5: The Role of Science in Unlocking the Past
Chapter 6: Ethical Issues
Chapter 7: Historical Investigation


Part 2: Case Studies

Chapter 8: Tutankhamun's Tomb
Chapter 9: Homer and the Trojan War
Chapter 10: Ancient Human Remains
Chapter 11: Skara Brae


Part 3: Studies in Ancient Societies, Sites and Sources

Chapter 12: Deir el-Medina
Chapter 13: Thera
Chapter 14: Greek Drama
Chapter 15: The Celts in Europe
Chapter 16: The City of Rome in the Late Republic
Chapter 17: Alexandria
Full suite of teaching and learning resources

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Chapter 1: Methods of Investigating the Past
Internet research exercise: Archaeology

Chapter 2: The Nature of Sources and Evidence
Case study: Homer's The Iliad

Chapter 4: Reconstructing the Past
Famous archaeologists quiz Internet research exercise: Archaeologists

Chapter 6: Ethical Issues
Extended response

Chapter 8: Tutankhamun's Tomb
Comparison chart
Writing task

Chapter 9: Homer and the Trojan War
Revision questions

Chapter 10: Ancient Human Remains
Group investigation and presentation: Mummies

Chapter 12: Deir el-Medina
Group investigation and presentation: Daily life
Investigation: Tomb workers

Chapter 13: Thera
Internet research task: Frescoes
Ancient History Preliminary: Topic test