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Louise Zarmati

Senior Lecturer in Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Education, University of Tasmania

I have had a varied career as a teacher, archaeologist, historian, and museum educator. I am currently employed at the University of Tasmania in the School of Education as a Senior Lecturer specialising in Humanities and Social Sciences education. My areas of expertise are in the ancient History and archaeology of the Mediterranean world, Australian history and archaeology, museum education, history pedagogy and curriculum design. Over the years I have written many textbooks and articles about teaching history and archaeology to primary and secondary students. In 2009 I was a writer of the first iteration of for the Australian Curriculum: History, Foundation to Year 10 and the Senior Secondary Ancient History course. In 2012 I was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study innovative archaeology education programs overseas. Since joining UTAS in 2015, I have been awarded a Vice Chancellor’s Award of Community Engagement (2018) and a College Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2019).


  • 2015–present
    Lecturer, University of Tasmania
  • 2013–2015
    Lecturer , Western Sydney University
  • 2008–2010
    Associate lecturer, Macquarie University


  • 2012 
    Deakin University, Doctor of Philosophpy
  • 1991 
    University of Cambridge, Master of Philosophy
  • 1980 
    University of Sydney, Diploma of Education
  • 1979 
    University of Sydney, Bachelor of Arts


  • 2017
    ‘Pompeii-mania’ in schools Down Under’, Archeostorie. Journal of Public Archaeology. 1: pp. 37-45. Available at:
  • 2015
    Echoes from the past: oral history in the National Museum of Australia, Oral history, museums and education, Nakou, I. & A. Gazi (eds) Nissos Publications, Athens
  • 2015
    Using archaeology to teach Australia’s ‘difficult’ Indigenous past , Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites, 17, 91-106
  • 2015
    Archaeology as pedagogy at Sydney’s Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre, The Historic Environment, 6(2), 177-191
  • 2009
    Why the national history curriculum needs a museum site study, reCollections: Journal of the National Museum of Australia, 4(1)
  • 2009
    Beyond four walls: learning outside, and even under the classroom (with A. Frappell), Teacher. September, 6-9
  • 2005
    Pompeii and Herculaneum, Heinemann Ancient and Medieval History (Harcourt)
  • 2004
    Archaeology (with A. Cremin), Heinemann Ancient and Medieval History (Harcourt)
  • 1998
    Experience Archaeology, Cambridge University Press

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    CALE Hothouse funding
    Co-Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    University of Tasmania

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Society for Historical Archaeology
  • World Archaeology Congress
  • The Heritage Education Network (USA)


2012 Churchill Trust Fellowship